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Job Title : Ansaldo Nuclear - Level 2 - Apprentice Welder
Employer : Ansaldo Nuclear Ltd
Location : Ettingshall, West Midlands, WV4 6JX
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship : Engineering Operative
Sector : Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Vacancy Reference : VAC-00347
Brief Description : As an Apprentice Welder working for Ansaldo Nuclear, you will be trained in the art of welding various materials including carbon, stainless and duplex steels using a range of techniques and welding processes.


Qualifications Required : A minimum of 5 GCSEs, or equivalent, Grades A*-D or Grade 3 and above including Maths, English and a Science/Technology Subject
Vacancy Detail : Ansaldo Nuclear (part of the Ansaldo Energia group), operating within the nuclear industry, provides a capability in design, manufacturing, assembly, testing, commissioning, site installation and through-life support of bespoke engineered solutions for nuclear plant construction, existing plant operations, decommissioning of old nuclear plants, nuclear defence and nuclear fusion markets.

Its UK head office and manufacturing works in Wolverhampton is steeped in the engineering and manufacturing history of the Black Country since the 1820s. Previously the site of John Thompson’s, NEI Thompson, Clarke Chapman, Rolls-Royce Nuclear Engineering and latterly Nuclear Engineering Services, the Ansaldo Energia Group acquired the company in 2014 as part of its strategy to become a major player in the UK nuclear industry.

We are seeking to employ and train up to 12 apprentice(s) in total, which will grow our welding team by 60% due to an expected increase in our workload in 2023/24 and beyond.

At the end of your apprenticeship, you will become a highly trained coded welder working within a highly regulated industry. Your training will be bespoke to the nuclear industry requirements and within a year, you will have the opportunity to gain your first welder qualifications so that you can start to work on our highly quality assured project work where the parts and products that you will make will safely go into nuclear facilities around the United Kingdom.

In the first year of your apprenticeship, you will spend the vast majority of your time at the training centre in Aston, Birmingham, where you will learn general workshop skills, complete welding and fabrication classroom study, continuous improvement techniques as well as plenty of hands-on welding practice so that you can hone your welding technique.

You will work with materials including mild steels, stainless steels and possibly even some exotic materials.

You will learn different welding processes such as TIG, MIG and Flux Core and will learn how to weld a variety of joint types and material thicknesses.

As you develop your skills, your welds will undergo greater levels of weld inspection and testing so that we know you are ready to work in the nuclear industry.

You will also learn fabrication skills and techniques which will complement your welding skills.

You will work in a clean and tidy workshop where the health and safety of our employees is our highest priority. You will work with a team of highly experienced people that will help, encourage and challenge you to reach your fullest potential.

On top of the Apprenticeship Qualifications you will achieve on your course, you will also receive the following in house training to ensure that you are well trained and confident:
General safety induction
Nuclear safety awareness
Welder qualifications to internationally recognised codes and standards
Visual weld inspection appreciation
Overhead crane operation
Manual handling
Working at height
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
Control of Material Cross Contamination

Positions Available : 12
Working Week : Mon - Thurs 7:30am - 3:30pm Fri 7:30am - 3pm
Salary : £ 228.29 to £ 289.71 (Weekly)
Application Deadline Date : 20/01/2022
Possible Start Date : 14/03/2022
Personal Qualities : Creativity
Acts with respect & integrity
Clear thinker
Works well in a team
Can use own initiative
Problem solver
Skills Required : Technically minded and enthusiastic about manufacturing
Practical person (car restoration, engine repairs, refurbishment, building etc)
Basic understanding of engineering
Computer applications such as Microsoft Office suite
Good communicator
Future Prospects : Apprentices with the correct mindset, attitude and performance levels will be able to secure a full time role as a coded welder, working on exciting projects within the nuclear industry. As you build up your skill levels in welding, you can kick on from there to hone your skills in fabrication. Once you have mastered your craft in fabrication and welding, you will have opportunities to apply for other roles, such as in technical support and even team leadership.

Ansaldo Nuclear continually invests in its employees and we will encourage you to carry on your education, going on to do a Level 3, HNC or even a HND when you could progress towards working as a welding inspector or working in our engineering department as a design engineer.

Some of our previous apprentices have even taken up roles as team leaders on the shop floor, so you could be leading a team of people if you have the leadership qualities necessary to get the best out of people.
Training to be Provided : Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations
Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Operations
- Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
- Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
- Using and communicating technical information
- Lean/Business Improvement
- Mechanical maintenance/assemblies
- General Machining, Fitting and Assembly Applications
- Bench Fitting

Relevant Workplace Training
Functional Skills (If required)

Please note that this Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship will last for 12-18 months. It will involve spending one day per week at MAKE UK's state-of-the-art Training Hub in Aston, and four days per week at the employer's site for the duration of the apprenticeship.
Other Information : Our employees will often revert to a double shift system when workloads are high. When this occurs, the shifts are 13:00-14:00 and 13:30-21:30 and you will alternate weekly. There will be a Temporary Shift Allowance paid for working shifts.

You will need to go through a security clearance (SC) process due to the nature of our work. Once attaining your SC clearance, you will have the necessary clearance to work on our nuclear projects.

Once qualified, you will be required to work on our customers’ nuclear licenced sites. This will involve an element of travelling and working away from home for a period. Naturally, your accommodation and expenses are reimbursed for these trips.

Ansaldo Nuclear’s Open Day will be on Wednesday 12th January 2022, 10:00–13:30, at its headquarters in Ettinshall WV4 6JX. To find out more, please register your interest by contacting

Make UK’s next Open Day will be on Saturday 12th February 2022, 10:00–13:30, at the Make UK Technology Hub in Aston, Birmingham. To find out more, please phone the Apprentice Recruitment Team on 0121 344 7900.
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