Season’s Greetings from QA Weld Tech

With 2017 now drawing to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all that have engaged with QA Weld Tech for your continued support throughout the year. We would also like to thank all of our staff for their continuous hard work and dedication, that has led to another successful year.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018.

The office will be closed over the festive period from 21st December and will resume back to normal business hours in the new year on 3rd January.

We are Proud Sponsors of Row4Victory

We are delighted to announce that we are supporting Row4Victory by sponsoring the team as they undertake in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2018 in aid of the Royal British Legion to commemorate all the work the charity has done over the past 100 years since the end of World War I.

Row4Victory is made up of four fearless friends from Yorkshire and unites a serving Royal Engineer, an ex-Royal Marine, a civilian and a serving Chief Technician in the Royal Air Force. The team will endeavor across the turbulent seas, rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic from La Gomera, Canary Islands to the English Harbour, Antigua, pushing both their mental and physical strengths to the limit.

The annual race will begin December next year and will see up to 30 teams participating from across the globe. The teams will take on what’s described as the ‘World’s toughest endurance race’ with only a 8.5 meter-long by 1.6 meter-wide boat that only has a small cabin for protection against storms.

The sponsorship QA Weld Tech is providing the local team will help towards supplying one inflatable life raft and a number of other essential pieces of kit vital to a safe crossing. We wish Row4Victory the best of luck as they endure in this extreme challenge for such a worthy cause.

QA Weld Tech is Celebrating 1000 Days Incident Free

Back in April, we reported that we celebrated two years without a Lost Time Accident (LTA) and we are delighted to update that due to our ongoing commitment to safety, we are now approaching 1000 days incident free having spotted and removed over 650 hazards.

Our primary focus at QA Weld Tech is looking after our employees through engagement and regular safety meetings. By issuing individuals with a Hazard Spotting and Near Miss Reporting booklet, as well as encouraging all team members to report any cases of near misses and uncontrolled hazards to their line manager, it has been proven that we can prevent potential incidents from occurring and more serious accidents from happening.

We take pride in that we have such a close, dedicated workforce that have adapted to our ‘no blame’ culture and are able to open up in addressing issues that may be of concern as this helps towards us creating a safer environment for all.

To celebrate the success of 1000 days LTA free, every employee was presented with two new polo shirts as a reminder to not lose focus on safety goals as we aim to be at the forefront of good health and safety practice in our industry, setting the standards for others to follow.


We Have Seen Our Largest Intake of Apprentices to Date

We have recently recruited five new apprentices that will add to our successful team of fully qualified, experienced welders and engineers and join our four existing second year apprentices. Since the company was established over 35 years ago, this has been our largest intake of apprentices at one time.

A quality apprenticeship programme will be delivered by QA Weld Tech to the recent appointments and will consist of structured learning, organised around professional tasks and interspersed with appropriate, relevant education. The apprentices will be trained within multiple disciplines and receive constant mentoring, support and guidance from current employees as they take their first steps towards a career in the welding and engineering industry.

We would like to welcome to the team:

  • Kieran Reynard & Will Helm – Apprentice Welders
  • Jordan Walton – Apprentice CNC Machinist
  • Harrison Olive – Apprentice in Supply Chain Management
  • Lewis Hunter – Apprentice Quality Technician

Hiring apprentices helps us to enhance our highly qualified workforce and overcome the challenges faced within the industry of an ageing workforce, through engaging with young people we can bridge the skills gap and continue to move forward, focusing on key areas as we look to expand further into the nuclear and rail markets. We feel privileged that we can train the next generation and watch them continue to develop their skills and knowledge whilst growing through the business like previous apprentices that have stayed with the company for many years.

Richard Knowles to Present at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers

QA Weld Tech’s Technical Director, Richard Knowles, will be presenting at Pressure Testing 2017 held at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London on 5th December alongside other industry professionals. The seminar will present the safety risks posed by pressure testing of newly manufactured and installed pipework and pressure vessels, exploring examples of best practice, developing solutions and providing guidance on improved safety strategies.

With safety being QA Weld Tech’s number one priority and all of our occupational health and safety management systems in compliance with OHSAS 18001, Richard will discuss in detail how we safely pressure test finished components as well as explain the development of our new pressure test cells that are designed to meet the most stringent HSE guidelines.

It is an excellent opportunity to gain expert knowledge from professionals in their respective field and gauge an insight into the challenges that are faced both in factory and on site, learning how to understand and enhance testing processes and determining the best course of action going forward whilst remaining compliant with regulations.

Click here to book onto the seminar or for more information, contact