A leader in complex sheet metal fabrication, Universal Wolf provides scalable manufacturing solutions for brand-leading customers who operate in sectors across the UK, where Tharsus Ltd designs and manufactures advanced machines and robots to solve tough automation challenges.
Part of Tharsus Group, which has just under 350 colleagues, Universal Wolf and Tharsus are looking to grow even more in 2020 and are recruiting 11 apprentices for their 2020 summer intake.
Apprentices will follow a comprehensive course of study alongside working in a range of disciplines at all levels, including electromechanical engineering, supply chain, welding and machining. They benefit from a mentoring and development program, practical training, paid-for academic study, a competitive salary and a guaranteed job on successful completion of their course.
Apprenticeships at Universal Wolf
At Universal Wolf, you can find your calling in its welding and machining apprenticeships.
Joshua Harrison is a first-year apprentice at Universal Wolf, studying Fabrication and Welding Engineering at Northumberland College and working within the CNC cell. One of the youngest apprentices, Josh joined the business straight out of school after completing his GCSEs.
While at school, Josh completed a work experience placement at Universal Wolf, working in the Goods-Out and CAD departments.
Josh said: “Once I’d completed my work experience placement, I knew I wanted to work here once I left school. I learned a lot on placement and all the teams I worked with were friendly and welcoming. When I heard that Universal Wolf were advertising for apprentices for their 2019 intake, I jumped at the chance to apply.”
For Josh, an apprenticeship was the logical choice. Though there were other options available, he knew he didn’t want to progress to sixth form or college, preferring to start a career as soon as possible and make money while he trained. The variety offered by the role is something that makes Josh look forward to coming to work every day.
Josh continued: “People ask what a ‘typical day’ looks like – in reality, there is no typical day; each one brings a new challenge or opportunity. I’ve only been here six months, but I have learnt to operate various different machines within the business. I can provide support wherever I am needed, and there’s always something new to learn.”
Apprenticeships at Tharsus
Tharsus apprenticeships offer you the chance to find your passion in the engineering and supply chain.
After working in various industries from retail, classic car restoration and property management, Sophie Laidlaw realised she needed a new challenge in something that really interested her. She knew gaining a qualification and relevant experience was a huge asset, so she chose to start an apprenticeship.
Sophie said: “As a ‘mature apprentice’, I know there is a huge attraction to being paid a wage whilst learning. Not having to pay thousands of pounds towards a qualification is brilliant in my eyes.”
Sophie is a first year electro-mechanical apprentice at Tharsus and has been interested in engineering for as long as she could remember. From a young age, she helped her granddad restore old cars in the summer which developed into a real interest for her.
Sophie continued: “Whilst I was at college, I really thought I wanted to work on offshore wind turbines, until I realised that the technology wasn’t really changing. I wanted to do something that’s on the cutting edge, so I turned towards robotics, automation and AI.”
This led her to Tharsus, whom she heard about from her college tutor. From there, Sophie read up about the company who, earlier in the year, had just won Company of the Year at the North East Business Awards and were in the process of moving into a brand new facility.
Sophie is in no doubt that she made the right decision and would encourage others to take the same path.
Sophie added: “I initially expected that the apprenticeship would involve day release to the local college for studies with the rest of the time spent at the workplace, shadowing various engineers and learning a variety of skills.
"In reality, there is no day release to college at Tharsus, all training is done in house. In my opinion, this is much better. There isn’t a typical workday. Every day is different. And this is what makes it great. There are always new challenges and solutions to discover."
Start your career
An apprenticeship with Universal Wolf and Tharsus will offer you the chance to develop your skills and learn from talented and passionate people while working towards a recognised vocational qualification.