Fabrication and Welding Apprentice Tronox Holding Plc

Tronox are looking for a fabrication & welding apprentice, successful applicants will receive practical & theoretical training, such as how to read, interpret and apply technical specifications, that will fully equip them for a career in engineering.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    National Minimum Apprentice Wage based on annual uplift April 2024

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    08:30-04:30 Monday - Friday whilst based at CATCH, then full time hours once on site.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The business is looking for an apprentice to train alongside our existing experienced team of Fabricator/Welders on site covering all aspects of their roles.

As an apprentice you will study a range/variety of skills working towards the Pipe Welder Apprenticeship standard Level 3, covering all elements required to complete the qualification while earning a wage and completing invaluable practical experience in industry.

Duties that an Apprentice will undertake will include:

  • Plan and prepare for the pipe welding activities before commencing work
  • Check materials conform to the specified grades, dimensions, thicknesses and diameters
  • Inspect weld preparations, assembly and apply remedial material conditioning appropriate to the preparation processes applied
  • Set-up and check the equipment to be used in the preparation and welding of pipes and tubes
  • Adjust and maintain the equipment to be used during the welding of pipes and tubes, applicable to the process being used
  • Read, interpret and apply technical specifications, inspection criteria & drawings to establish detailed welding process controls, bore protection methods and consumable selection

Candidates should be confident, keen, enthusiastic and committed with a positive attitude to work.  This is an ideal opportunity to learn all aspects of Fabrication & Welding and achieve an advanced apprenticeship qualification, with the second largest titanium dioxide producer in the world.

Once you have applied for this vacancy AEA will contact you to organise an interview, if your application meets the required criteria.

We will contact you using the details you provide us within your application and would ask if you would regularly check and reply asap so that you do not miss this opportunity.

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Pipe Welder apprenticeship standard.

You will be based at the CATCH training facility for the first 10 months of the apprenticeship, then you will be based onsite until completion, with day/week release at catch to complete necessary studies.

You will gain knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • The mechanical properties (strength, ductility, toughness, etc.), physical properties (dimensions, weight, corrosion susceptibility, contamination) of commonly welded materials
  • Pipe and tube weld joint types
  • The welding positions and progression directions associated with welding pipe
  • Welding controls to establish and maintain the key primary parameters associated with the welding process
  • The major components of welding equipment, ancillary equipment, cabling and their assembly, including Power Source, Wire Feed System, TIG & PAW Arc Initiation Systems, interconnecting communications cables, torches, tongs, gas equipment etc.
  • Welding Procedure Specification requirements, content and information derived to establish specific production information
  • Welder Approval Certificates content and definitions to determine scope of coverage
  • Identification and the causes of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced
  • Different types and functions of welding consumables and the requirement for correct identification, storage, conditioning, handling and recycling or disposal
  • Welding quality documentation, organisational reporting systems, procedures and their role within the overall quality process
  • Work safely at all times, comply with health & safety and environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
  • Obtain, check and use appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
  • Obtain, position and assemble welding equipment and associated safety protection needed for each activity
  • Prepare, check and protect materials and work areas ready for welding
  • Produce pipe welds in 3 main joint configurations
  • Produce pipe welds in by continually adjusting the orientation of the welder, welding torch, and welding consumable filler, including restricted access conditions
    Produce pipe welds in restricted access conditions by welding with both left and right hand


  • Takes responsibility for decision-making, without autonomy and within the guidelines of the work instruction, for their workplace, the application of welding processes, and for their productivity
  • Enquires and seeks guidance, to understand the processes and associated industrial applications
  • Committed to maintaining competence through Continuing
  • Professional Development planning, preparation, and reflection to ensure safety, quality and production and ensuring
  • Continuing Professional Development goals are achieved
  • Intervene and challenge poor practice and have confidence to channel feedback to the appropriate authorities to implement change
  • Consistently and reliably deliver expectations in safety, production, quality, ethics, and self-development
  • Encourages and supports the development of others and completes point of work risk assessments

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On completion of the apprenticeship, successful candidates could secure a role in a successful, dynamic company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths, English, a Science, & two other (Grade 4/C or above) Essential

Things to consider

Apprentice Employment Agency is acting as a Flexi-Job Apprentice Agency & will engage you for the duration of the apprenticeship & pay your salary. You should be aware that the company/business named in this vacancy is a host employer & you will not be employed by them. Your application may be shared with training providers & employers.

About the employer

Tronox is the largest vertically integrated titanium dioxide producer in the world, the largest producer of merchant titanium chemicals, and the leading manufacturer of specialty titanium products. Tronox provides numerous products and services for a variety of industries around the world. From coatings to paper and polymers to pigments, our products and services are used to improve everyday life. Thousands of products in our world, from plastic bags to aerospace parts, get their start with help from Tronox. Tronox employ nearly 7,000 across six continents, and have a rich diversity, unmatched vertical integration model, and unparalleled operational and technical expertise across the value chain, position Tronox as the preeminent titanium dioxide producer in the world. We’re committed to our people, our customers, and our communities. With a broad global reach and deep local roots, Tronox embrace and celebrate the unique character and culture of every place they call home. From the west coast of Australia to the east coast of the U.S., from Europe to South Africa, and from mines to research and development labs, they bring the same passion to work in every location, everywhere, every day.


Tronox Holding Plc


Laporte Road



DN40 2PR


Jan Crabb


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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Pipe welder

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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