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Process Metallurgist

Welsh Government
Blaenavon Forgings Limited Forge Side Blaenavon NP4 9XG
National minimum wage
Closing date
24 May 2022

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Apprenticeship, Advanced
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About the apprenticeship


• Facilitate the distribution of test material to external testing facilities, which includes raising PO's for sub-contract mechanical testing and receipt of certification.
• Perform sectioning and polishing of metallurgical samples to comply with customer requirement including chemical etch of test pieces and MER's in line with KPI's, as and when required.
• Record the relevant information in the Laboratory database and ensure compliance to customer requirement prior to approval of the test certificate.
• Complete training plan in order to analyze/report metallurgical examinations across a wide range of alloys for compliance.
• Raise generic Lab data sheets and obtain the metallurgist approval when required.
• Record the relevant information in the Laboratory database and ensure compliance to customer requirement prior to approval of the test certificate.
• Become familiar with all NDT processes, documentation and methodologies.
• Training plan to be implemented to cover all disciplines; UT, FPI & AEI.
Common Accountabilities:
• To maintain the records of all Lab/NDT activities.
• Use an FLT to transport Product as necessary.
• Communicate with departments when required.
• Share knowledge and expertise with others (at all levels) to improve company products and services.
• Encourage and actively contribute to a culture of continuous improvement.



Desirable Experience/Qualifications
• Experience of working within heavy manufacturing
• Fork Truck licence
• Approved for use of any laboratory equipment
Personal Skills and Abilities (Must have)
• Flexible, and promote good working practices.
• Numerate
• Methodical and logical approach
• Excellent time management and organisational skills
• Attention to detail
• Good interpersonal skills, particularly team working
• Ability to achieve deadlines and targets consistently
• Ability to work under own initiative
• High self-motivation and determination to succeed
• Challenge the status quo to improve business productivity and performance
• Process focussed and compliant


Minimum Criteria
• Science and Maths at GCSE standard or equivalent
• Effective Communicator - verbal and written
• Computer literate (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)
• Ability to build good relationships with colleagues


Welsh Spoken Skills: No Welsh Written Skills: No

Course details

Training provider:
Neath Port Talbot College (Skills Academy Wales)

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities

About the employer

Blaenavon Forgings Limited Forge Side


Disability confident

Yes, we are part of the Disability Confident Scheme from the UK Department for Work and Pensions.

Please note that all apprenticeships are open to everyone. However, some organisations have worked to achieve Disability Confident accreditation. You should always apply for the apprenticeship you feel best suited to.

Interview arrangements

Interviews to be held at company premises


Why an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice you will earn while you train. It’s a great career choice whether you are leaving school or college, returning to work after starting a family or looking for a new career. There’s a wide range of jobs on offer.  A job at the Welsh Government is unlike any other in Wales.

At the Welsh Government you’ll be given support and guidance so you can develop your skills in the workplace. You will also need to set aside time to study for your apprenticeship. You’ll be a valued member of the team from day one.

What apprenticeships are available?

We don’t currently have any apprenticeship opportunities open as we have now closed our scheme for 2019. If you’d like to keep updated on the vacancies that we’re advertising, you may want to visit our jobs board:  Welsh Government External Vacancies Board.

If you’d like to receive Job Alert e-mails that let you know when we’re advertising a role that suits your preferences, scroll to the bottom of the jobs board, and you’ll see the ‘Create Job Alert’ link.  Click this, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your alerts.  You’ll need to log in or create an account as part of this process.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you:

  • will be at least 16 years of age at the time of making your application
  • will not be in full-time education (you can apply while still attending school/college/university but will have finished or intend to finish your studies by the time your apprenticeship starts)
  • will need to meet the Civil Service Nationality requirements to apply.

ALS eligibility

Please note that ALS our training providers have their own eligibility in order to provide the funding required to undertake an apprenticeship. You may not be eligible to apply if:

  • you already hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in ICT, Software, Web and Telecoms or a similar subject
  • you already hold a qualification at Level 3 or above in Business Administration, Customer Service or a similar subject

What are the benefits?  

How much will I be paid?

You will earn £19,240 a year while training. When you pass your apprenticeship you can apply for a permanent job at the Welsh Government. Within 2 years of starting your apprenticeship you could be earning £22,500. 

You will get 31 days holidays as well as 10 public and privilege days. We offer flexible working arrangements to help you get the right work/life balance. You will also be eligible for membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme

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