General Welding Apprentice VECSTAR LTD

Vecstar Ltd is a leading manufacturer of Laboratory Furnaces, Industrial Oven and Heat-Treatment equipment. Due to our ongoing success and business growth, we are seeking to recruit Engineering Apprentices onto our training programme and to work in our busy Production and Design facility in Chesterfield, near Sheffield.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday: 8:00am - 4:30pm Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 – 4:00pm Break: 15min - 10:00am – 10:15am (paid) Lunch: 30min - 1pm - 1:30pm (unpaid)

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 May 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Read & understand engineering drawings produced from 3D CAD designs
  • Cutting, fabrication, bending
  • Mig and Tig welding
  • CNC plasma cutting
  • Mechanical fitting of parts including electrical motors, fans, actuators, etc.
  • Final assembly and testing of complete Furnaces including safety checks & quality assurance certs

The training you will be getting

An apprenticeship allows you to earn a wage, gain valuable work experience and industry-specific competence. You will be
expected to work towards the General Welding Level 2, with support from your employer and the Chesterfield College Group.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Progression throughout the company
  • Design and CAD opportunities
  • HNC/HND for the right candidate

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3) Essential

Things to consider

Must be able to travel to work on a daily basis and to the training Chesterfield College centre on day release. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

Vecstar Ltd is a leading company in the UK manufacturing Electric furnaces, high temperature ovens and other heat treatment products to the highest quality. Our products are used by blue chip scientific and industrial companies and universities around the world. Vecstar Ltd







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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


James Sayles


Apprenticeship standard

General welder (arc processes)

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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