Welding and Fabrications Apprentice VALEN FITTINGS LTD

Welding apprentice required to operate welding machines whilst maintaining all machinery to conform with companies quality and HSE procedures.

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Closing date: 21 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentice will work a 4 day week. Will be paid time and half for overtime, double on sundays.

  • Working week

    6.30am to 5.30pm Tuesday to Thursday and 6.30am to 2.30pm on Fridays.

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • The apprentice will be required to learn how to operate MIG, MAG and TIG welding machines
  • Problem solve any issues with parts and equipment, and multiple material types
  • Maintain a high quality standard at all times

The training you will be getting

This is a level 2 Welding apprenticeship (General welder (arc processes)), delivered over a period of 2 years. Includes Functional Skills English and maths if required.

The apprentice will attend the training centre, In-Comm Training Services, in Aldridge WS9 8UG, 1 day per week during the training.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There will be an opportunity to progress within the company due to continued company succession planning, and develop to take on a senior role. Potential Level 3 Welding Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Interest in engineering


GCSE or equivalent English and maths (Grade 9-4) Essential

Things to consider

Will be Pension Scheme. Sickness insurance scheme and company bonus scheme. Apprentice must have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.

About the employer

From humble origins in a small machine shop in Walsall in 1976, Valen Fittings has developed into a significant manufacturing company with over 40 years of experience, providing excellence to the quality-critical oil and gas industry. As our expertise in making fittings and pipe has grown, we have twice expanded our production plant. We now have a dedicated area for the manufacture of welded pipe in bespoke lengths to suit your exact requirements, saving you the expense of purchasing random lengths. The development of the company has focused on manufacturing high-quality products with very short lead-times, whether for standard or non-standard items, or for order quantities large and small. Our ability to produce consistently high-quality fittings has been strengthened over the years as we have gained experience supplying many major projects in a wide variety of grades, sizes and thicknesses. Our highly controlled production facilities ensure that we successfully manufacture excellent-quality products. With an on-site independent radiography unit and an on-site independent UKAS approved testing laboratory, we can tightly manage your order from start to finish. The exacting standards of our pipe and fittings demand a very high skill level from our employees. We have been able to maintain and strengthen our manufacturing abilities by supporting and investing in our workforce. The resulting very low staff turnover ensures that we can consistently meet the most stringent quality requirements. Despite our established excellence, we are not complacent. We have a programme for training and developing apprentices in many areas of the business to ensure that the vital specialist skills are passed to the next generation. Only by continually investing in new equipment, techniques and, crucially, our employees, have we developed the skills and flexibility to ensure that we have become, and will remain, a market leader in the manufacture of high-quality welded pipe and fittings.








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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


Sue Fisher



Apprenticeship standard


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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