Ansaldo Nuclear - Level 3 - Apprentice Coded Welder

  • Company: Ansaldo Nuclear Ltd
  • Location: Wolverhampton, WV4 6JX
  • Type: Apprenticeship
  • Salary: Between £228.29 and £289.71 per week
  • Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Ref: VAC-00409
  • Application Deadline Date: 15/08/2022
  • Start Date: 05/09/2022
  • Positions Available: 8
  • Working Week: Mon - Thurs 7:30am - 3:30pm Fri 7:30am - 3pm

Brief Description

As an Apprentice Coded 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*-C or Grade 4 and above including Maths, English and a Science/Technology Subject

Personal Qualities

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 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.

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 8 apprentices to start in April 2022, 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 4 year 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. From Year 2, you will spend the majority of your time at Ansaldo, returning to Make UK on day release in year 2.

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

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.

Ready to start your adventure?