Fabrication Shop Operator Apprentice Wade International (Alumasc Water Management Solutions)

As a Fabrication Shop Operator Apprentice, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of the department. Your responsibilities will include TIG/MIG Welding and Sheet Metal Fabrication, Machining, Fitting and Assembly of Material/Parts to specification in the safest and most efficient manner.

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

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    16 to 17 year olds £7.00 per hour, 18+ £9.00 per hour

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 7.30am - 4.30pm and Friday, 7.30am - 1.30pm. 30 minute lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Comply with the Company's health and safety rules and regulations and help ensure compliance by all who enter or work at the Company's premises
  • Maintain cleanliness and tidiness in the Production Dept. and other areas
  • Ensure plant, equipment and buildings are properly maintained, advising the Production Supervisor of any deterioration or damage at the earliest opportunity
  • Understand, implement and follow all relevant procedures included in the Company's Quality Manual
  • Become fully conversant with, set up, load, unload and operate safely and efficiently, machinery, tools and equipment including Brazing equipment, Laser cutting machine and Milling machine.
  • Carry out other production operations such as fitting, assembly, painting etc. making optimum use of time, space and materials.
  • Produce components in accordance with layouts, drawings, sketches, production orders or verbal instructions; working to the stated limits of tolerance
  • Complete time sheets, production returns, absence forms, holiday request forms etc. and pass promptly to Production Supervisor
  • Carry out machine maintenance work according to skills and physical capabilities
  • Use computer terminal to enquire and input details of operations, orders, parts, procedures, products, samples, services, stock, suppliers, time, tooling, etc.
  • Participate in physical counting of stock and investigate discrepancies
  • Help maintain an accurate record of goods in the warehouse and elsewhere
  • Assist with, and where appropriate carry out, the training of other members of staff
  • Advise Production Supervisor on the suitability and effectiveness of existing plant, equipment and staff
  • Make recommendations for the development or procurement of alternatives or additions
  • Attend meetings and training sessions as required
  • Establish and maintain friendly relationships with colleagues and staff.
  • Exude a courteous and helpful manner to any person with whom he/she may come into contact in the course of his/her work
  • In addition to the above specific duties the Production Supervisor, Production Controller, Departmental Manager or Production Engineer may allocate other duties as skills and work requirements dictate

The training you will be getting

  • The apprentice will be working towards the Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard
  • This apprenticeship will also include Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • College attendance will be at the Colchester Institute - Colchester Campus one day per week during term time

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • After any apprenticeship, we endeavour to find suitable employment within the business where possible to continue the individual’s careers with us

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent maths and English (Grade 9-4/A*-C) Essential

Things to consider

Benefits include 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, Quarterly Employee Recognition Scheme, Benefits Hub (Discounts, Rewards and Perks on 1,000s of brands), Unum, Help@hand - Health and Wellbeing Employee Assistance Platform, Employee Referral Programme and Free Parking.

About the employer

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), part of Alumasc Group. A leading name in the industry for proven water management, delivering Rain to Drain solutions encompassing the entire building envelope, setting the standard for urban water management. Alumasc have been promoting the efficient use, retention, recycling and disposal of water for almost 90 years. Under the AWMS banner, customers benefit from rainwater and drainage products that capture, retain and control the flow of rainwater in the most effective way inside and outside buildings from originating source to water course, sewer or ground. Each brand is well known for innovation, quality and outstanding support. They include: Skyline Fascias, Soffit & Copings; Alumasc Rainwater Gutters & Downpipes; Harmer Building Drainage; Wade Drainage and Gatic Civil Drainage & Access Covers and for an unrivalled depth and breadth of range and expertise. We have a number of sites within AWMS, Burton Latimer – Head Office (approx 130 staff), Gatic – Dover (approx 30 staff), Wade International – Halstead (approx 70 staff), Rainclear Systems (approx 30 staff) and ARP (approx 70 staff).


Wade International (Alumasc Water Management Solutions)


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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


Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team



Apprenticeship standard

Metal fabricator

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: 28 Jun 2024