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Apprentice Scheme


Apprenticeship in Metal Fabrication and Welding 3 NVQ Diploma

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Chem Resist work with Kirklees College to provide an Apprenticeship Scheme to the Metal Fabrication and Welding Level 3 NVQ Diploma, a 3 year course involving day release at The Waterfront Quarter campus.

The course requires a grade 4 or above in English and Maths and a science or technology subject, with assessment done by both Chem Resist and Kirklees College.

Chem Resist was founded in 1964 and specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of thermoplastic chemical storage tanks. Our customers handle, distribute and process corrosive and aggressive chemicals, which is where thermoplastics are so useful, due to their broad range of chemical compatibility. The principles of Fabricating and Welding are applicable beyond metal, so this Apprenticeship is perfect for those looking to explore working with other materials.

Through the Apprenticeship you will be mentored (by an experienced Fabricator who has also been through this Apprentice Scheme) and be supported with an individual training and development plan. Full Health and Safety training is given, plus ongoing teaching of fabrication and welding skills using the very latest tools.

Chem Resist follow the Engineering Training Council advice with Apprentice pay rates ranging between 45-90% of a qualified Fabricators wage, which rises as you progress through the scheme.

Based in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury we are located 5 minutes from Ravensthorpe train station, on regular bus routes and have free on-site car parking.

Henry joined the Apprentice Scheme in 2010 working as a Fabricator, then went on to study a HNC in Mechanical Engineering. Now a Project Engineer, Henry designs chemical storage tanks and works with customers to resolve their challenges.

“As an Apprentice at Chem Resist you are very well looked after with individual support and training. It also pays well and it’s rewarding to rise through the pay levels as you gain experience.”

Henry Ward, Project Engineer, Joined in September 2010

Tom joined the Apprentice Scheme from school in 2008, qualifying as a Fabricator. In 2015, he then moved to the Pipework Services Team and now installs pipework systems and chemical storage tanks for customers all around the UK.

“The Apprentice Scheme was a great experience for me and in effect you gain twice from it, you gain the qualification but at the same time you’re gaining real skills in an actual job.”

Tom Fretwell, Pipework Services Engineer, Joined in July 2008

Jordan joined Chem Resist in 2004, as an Apprentice on the 3 year course in conjunction with Kirklees College and is now one of our most experienced Fabricators.

“The scheme was a good, balanced way to learn. We learned the basic skills such as drawing, measuring but then went beyond the course by working with plastic as well as metal.”

Jordan Rock, Fabricator, Joined in September 2004

After completing the Apprentice Scheme, Josh worked as a Fabricator until 2022 where he became Quality Coordinator with responsibility for standardising Quality and welds and also mentoring new fabricators and apprentices.

“The Apprentice programme was a great stepping stone for me to be able to learn the skills of fabrication within a real working environment, whilst earning above the national apprentice wage throughout and being able to earn more as I progressed through different stages.”

Josh Lister, Quality Coordinator, Joined in May 2014

Joe began working at Chem Resist on the Apprentice Scheme working as a Fabricator developing welding and fabrication skills. He then moved over to the Pipework Services Team and in 2017 transitioned over to be a Project Engineer.

“My Apprenticeship taught me the fabrication skills which are the foundations of the other roles I’ve moved into. As a Project Engineer I really enjoy working on-site, meeting customers and representing Chem Resist”.

Joe Rhodes, Project Engineer, Joined in September 2004


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