Apprentice Fabrication and Coachwork Engineer (Welding and Fabrication) - Southshore Coach Works (JSW Group)

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Job Summary

Location: Waterlooville PO7 7XU
Salary per week: £180.00 - £202.50
Working hours: Mon-Fri 8.00am to 5.00pm with 30 minutes for lunch (Ages 16 to 17) = 40 hours Mon-Fri 7.30am to 5.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch (Age 18+) = 45 hours
Applications in by: 13/01/2019
Interview Date: 17/01/2019
Job Code: ED29939

South Shore Coachworks, offer a unique coachbuilding service, they are able to reproduce coachwork from drawings and photographs in the original style. Restoration and recreation of rare vintage cars can be undertaken, including panel work, using traditional coachbuilding skills

South Shore offer a unique coachbuilding service, they are able to reproduce coachwork from drawings and photographs in the original style, using the traditional coachbuilding skills. Additionally repairs and rebuilds can be undertaken including panel damage and major crash repairs

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Duties will include:

  • Working alongside a skilled mentor you will learn to use the English Wheel to create authentic panel work
  • You will be trained to weld a range of materials using TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas).
  • This will include learning how to set up the correct power (parameter) settings, select the consumable and follow a Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) to weld different joint types.
  • Your aim over time will be to achieve a high quality weld that will pass surface and internal inspection
  • The parts will be a range of welds in mainly round products in different positions. You will be required to achieve weld "Codes" to meet the requirements of welding pressure vessels standards.
  • Produce components and assembles to a high degree of accuracy and finish, ensuring JSW Ltd quality standards are achieved. 
  • Site safety is of paramount importance to JSW, you will complete a period of off the job training as well as a JSW specific health and safety induction before learning how to use the equipment on site
  • Attend PETA and complete coursework on time and to the required standard.
  • Take on additional responsibilities in the workplace at the end of year 1

Other information:

  • This apprenticeship could lead onto a level 3 apprenticeship
  • You will need to be able to get to JSW Ltd Waterlooville facility reliably
  • This is a continuous improvement environment, you will be expected to contribute to the improvement activities undertaken onsite
  • Focus, motivation and enthusiasm are more important to JSW than academic success.

You will be employed whilst you are completing your apprenticeship. This will be structured as 18 months of day release (1 day a week) of skills training at PETA Ltd where you will complete foundation competence qualification EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (Welding).

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Preparing and Using Manual TIG or Plasma-arc Welding Equipment
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques           
  • Preparing and using semi-automatic MIG, MAG and flux cored arc welding equipment
  • Producing sheet metal components and assemblies
  • Producing engineering project plans
  • General Welding Applications                     
  • You will complete functional skills at level 2 in math’s and English(if required).
  • Your independent end point assessment will comprise of:
    • A theoretical knowledge test
    • A practical/oral examination to be followed by a professional interview covering the application of knowledge learned during the apprenticeship
    • The role of the welder in industry
    • The professional behaviour’s as listed in the Apprenticeship Standard

Skills required:

  • A good logical approach to problem solving.
  • Awareness of health and safety issues regarding working in dynamic work environment.
  • A good level of dexterity and skills using hand tools is desirable.
  • An interest in manufacturing is important.
  • Ability to become an integral part of the team.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to plan activities identifying possible problems in advance.

Personal qualities:

  • You will need to be focused, self-motivated, trustworthy and have a team player mentality.
  • You must be self-disciplined and possess a willingness to help the team achieve department targets.
  • An ability to understand and act on technical information is desirable.
  • Willing to work flexibly including working overtime when required

Qualifications required:

  • 2 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent in maths and English) are desirable but not essential.
  • Qualifications or experience in engineering (specifically manufacturing) are highly desirable.


  • 22 days holiday per year plus bank holidays
  • On-site parking
  • On site restroom

Future Prospects:

  • Become a valued member of a highly skilled team.
  • Progression and development opportunities.
  • Career pathways for the right candidates.
  • Excellent rewards with performance related pay structure.

Application questions:

  • What interests you most in a career with South Shore?
  • What do you think will make you stand out from the other candidates for this role?

Applications in by: 13/01/2019
Interview Date: 17/01/2019
Job Code: ED29939

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