Altrad Babcock Limited Welding Apprenticeship Altrad Babcock Limited

Altrad Babcock are specialists in the delivery of upgrade services to the nuclear, oil and gas, petrochemical and process sectors. The role of a welder is found in a wide range of sectors where piping systems are used for fluid transport and pressure containment. You will have the opportunity to learn from world-class engineers.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 08 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    NMW for apprentices will be paid whilst in the Tipton Training Centre. During deployment to site the NAECI basic apprenticeship rates apply: 1st year onsite rate £8.24ph, 2nd year £10.66ph, 3rd year £13.81ph, 4th year £16.63ph

    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

    Monday to Thursday 8am to 4.30pm, Friday 8am to 2.30pm Total hours per week: 38

    Total hours per week: 38.0

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    21 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    15 available

What you will do in your working day

Off- the-Job - Completing both practical training in a real working environment and gaining underpinning knowledge through classroom activities in our training centre in Tipton

On-the-Job - Working on an operational site in the UK alongside a qualified craft person applying the skills and knowledge gained in the training centre.

The broad purpose of this role is to manually weld tubes and pipes to high standards of quality and integrity using a minimum of two manual arc welding processes: Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) and Manual Metal Arc (MMA)

The training you will be getting

Your training will consist of:

  • Health & Safety
  • Interpreting drawings, technical specifications & inspection criteria to establish weld process controls
  • Understand material specifications, grades, dimensions and thicknesses
  • Inspect weld preparations, align and position pipe and recognise non conformities such as ovality and bore mismatch
  • Set up, check, and maintain equipment prior and during the welding process
  • Monitor productivity and quality
  • Submit quality documents

    Successful completion of the 4 year programme delivers a professional qualification recognised by the Welding Institute.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On the completion of the apprenticeship programme you will become a qualified Welder based on one of our operational sites in the UK applying the skills and knowledge you have gained during your apprenticeship.  If you wish to continue your development there will be opportunities to advance into a managerial role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 4 or Grade C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade 4 or Grade C) Essential

Things to consider

You need to be willing to travel and work away from home. You will spend the first 7 months of the apprenticeship in Tipton in the West Midlands and move on to an operational site in the UK, which may or may not be close to your home.

About the employer

Altrad Babcock is a specialist in the delivery of engineering, aftermarket and upgrade services to the nuclear, oil and gas, petrochemical and process sectors. With a focus on the delivery of low-carbon technologies and an industry-leading project management capability, the company builds, maintains and extends the life of customer assets worldwide.


Altrad Babcock Limited


Po Box 8

Birmingham New Road



Sue Parker

0121 281 9659

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Training provider


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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 08 Jul 2024