Level 3 Welding Apprenticeship RHYAL ENGINEERING LIMITED

The Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) is supporting Rhyal Engineering to recruit a Level 3 Plate Welder Apprentice to join their Engineering team and develop within the organisation. Main tasks / focus will be trained in all aspects required for a Plate Welder using various welding techniques.

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Closing date: 06 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay rates are determined every year according to NAECI.Pay 6 section A.8(B) Once site mature the apprentice will be offered overtime in the week and at weekends.

  • Working week

    At SETA: Monday - Thursday 8.00am - 4.00pm / Friday 8.00am - 3.00pm. At employer: Monday - Friday 7.30am start time, the shift ends at 3.36pm. Set site break times.

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Apprentices working at Rhyal Engineering will be working as part of the team to complete the requirements of the Level 3 Plate Welder Apprenticeship Standard. To ensure you gain the experience you will:

  • Work effectively as a team player in every respect
  • Be expected to work under strict permit control whilst on site
  • Initially be trained in plate welding in our on-site workshop until you reach the level where you can work within a team repairing storage tanks
  • Be expected to show willingness to assist colleagues and undertake any other duties within your capability
  • Present a professional image at all times when representing Rhyal engineering
  • Be trained in MMA (Manual Metal Arc) / SMAW (Sheilded Metal Arc Welding) and TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) / GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)
  • Maintain a logbook over the duration of the apprenticeship period. Record training, projects that have been undertaken and the skills you have learnt / learned

The training you will be getting

Apprentices will undertake a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard programme. This will include a full-time period of practical workshop based ‘off-the-job’ training at SETA’s Apprenticeship Centre in Southampton.

After your initial training at SETA, you will be with your employer working on developing your skills, ultimately leading to your End Point Assessment.

SETA will make regular visits during this period of time to ensure you will be covering all the required aspects of the Standard, which includes a practical element, a theory test and a professional discussion, regarding the work achieved with your employer.

These final tests are administered by an independent assessment organisation and take place in the last 3 months of the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

We hope the specific candidate will become a valuable member of the Rhyal Engineering team. Many of our team have come through as an apprentice and are still progressing their careers at Rhyal Engineering.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Safety conscious, Able to work to deadlines


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Desired

Things to consider

You will be attending SETA for a block period of time so candidates must be able to attend/travel to SETA (Millbrook, Southampton) as well as be able to travel the company's place of work (Fawley Refinery). This is a physical role. Travel to various locations on different projects is expected for qualified working welders.

About the employer

Rhyal Engineering is a UK market leading specialist in the design, construction and refurbishment of large diameter, field erected storage tanks and vessels. The company also services the mechanical engineering sector, covering general steelwork, pipe fabrication and installation. Operating across a wide range of business sectors including Oil and Gas, Nuclear and Renewables. The company operates from its main site at Milford Haven, which has large scale fabrication workshops designed to facilitate the handling of all mechanical requirements. We offer a complete design and build solution for all types of storage tank, covering all areas of the UK, Ireland and overseas. The business has an established reputation for successful completion of an extensive range of storage tank projects, configurations and services covering new builds, maintenance, and upgrades. With a wealth of in-depth knowledge within our organization, our highly skilled and experienced teams work with our clients to ensure complete understanding their specific requirements, from initial design discussions through to handover and commissioning. Our extensive experience and expertise of design, fabrication, construction, repair of storage tanks and vessels ensures that our client requirements and expectations are delivered safely and consistently every time.




Fawley Refinery

Western Road


SO45 1TX

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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


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Apprenticeship standard

Plate 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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