Thomas Rampling (TR) & Louis Devinem (LD) - Apprentice Welders

Q&A with our two latest recruits to United Living

What made you apply for an apprenticeship?

TR - "I have been interested in applying for an apprenticeship for quite a while, and when I saw one advertised at United Living I jumped at the opportunity.

"It’s a very niche sector in engineering and that for me means a substantial amount of pride to be one of the most specialised tradesman in the field it’s hard to get into and the possibilities are endless. With hydrogen and green energy coming into play quite heavily in the near future, it is going to be very exciting to be able to work on multi-million-pound sites all over the UK in a brand-new field of renewable energy."

LD – "Ever since I did a Level 2 Welding/Fabrication course at my local college a few years ago, I fell in love with it. When I went back to college in 2019 to do the Level 3 course, my tutor started to teach me about pipework: how to prep it and other things that are involved in the process. It was from that point onwards that I knew I wanted to make a career for myself in this part of the welding industry.

"I have been looking at apprenticeships for a while now, and when I noticed an advert online at the end of last year, I thought I am going to go for that. I then received an email the following week inviting me to an interview. Shortly after the interview, I was contacted to let me know I’d been successful and would be starting with the company in due course".

What do you do in your role?

TR - "I assist the more senior welder while he undertakes the pipe weld at present, specifically grinding out and polishing their previous welds, turning up-down the amps/volts for them, collecting and setting up the plant welder/leads and protective boards for them to lay on whilst welding".

LD - "I assist welders/fabricators with their jobs/tasks to be completed. This involves passing the welder the appropriate welding rods, making adjustment on the welding plant and passing other tools that may be required".

How are you finding it so far?

TR - "I’m very happy with the fact that this is my first week in the apprenticeship and I’ve already been made to feel like part of a family in a sense. I have been treated with the upmost respect and also been shown the correct way when I have asked questions without being penalised, which would and has happened at other places of works as an apprentice".

LD – "I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship so far, and I would say to anyone who is interested in applying for a position, to do it. They won’t look back. Apprenticeships are a brilliant way of learning new skills & developing yourself within the workplace".

Thomas Rampling & Louis Devine