Rapid is now a member of the Troy UK buying group!

by Rapid Welding 3. August 2021 18:03

We can't resist sharing our big news…


We are excited to announce that we are now a member of the Troy buying group!

As the largest independent welding distributor on the South Coast, Rapid were delighted to accept Troy UK’s invitation. We believe their vision, “To build a better future for independent distributors of industrial supplies”,  will enable us to supply our customers with an extended and more competitive offering.

Troy UK’s aim is to do this by “working in partnership with market-leading manufacturers and specialist suppliers to ensure you have high-quality products at highly competitive prices – and all the services you need to get them in front of the right customers.” 

This means we now have access to more than 300+ additional suppliers and leading manufacturers with great brands and huge ranges to choose from!

 

We'll also have access to exclusive products and it'll be even easier to source high quality products for you, even if you're looking for highly specialised tools and equipment, giving you more choice at more competitive pricing.

As we move forward with this partnership, every three months we will have a new ‘Trader’ online magazine to share with you on our website, with irresistible special offers and promotions,  all available to purchase from Rapid online.

Welcome to the Rapid Experience! 

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We're Hiring! - Sales Office Support

by Rapid Welding 16. July 2021 12:09

We're looking for a dedicated SALES OFFICE SUPPORT person. 

🔴  Are you in the Hampshire area and want to be become part of the Rapid Experience?

🔴  Are you looking to get into industrial sales?

🔴 When our customers contact Rapid they want answers and solutions. Could you be the person to provide this and give them a fabulous Rapid Service

  Based in Portsmouth (but with the potential for customer facing opportunities), the role requires a reliable and driven individual with a welding/engineering background. If you are customer focused, team player with great communication and IT skills and are keen to bring new products to market, we would love to hear from you.

Please send your details to vacancies@rapidwelding.com. 

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Lincoln Electric UK Announce Their New Women in Welding Ambassadors

by Rapid Welding 8. July 2021 14:52

Last year, as part of our Focus on ‘Women in Welding’, we had the pleasure of speaking with Ruth Amos who, as well as being an inventor and successful entrepreneur, is also well known as Co-Creator of the amazing “Kids Invent Stuff” YouTube channel. She is also a keen welder, and for a number of years has worked closely with Lincoln Electric UK as a ‘Women in Welding’ Ambassador.

Women in Welding is a fantastic campaign aimed at attracting more female interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). The concept, which Lincoln began in the early 1940’s by hosting welder training events for women, celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness against bias within the industry.   

Lincoln Electric UK celebrates International Women’s Day by announcing their new Women in Welding Ambassadors

To coincide with International Women’s Day, Lincoln Electric UK have embarked on another Women in Welding Campaign by announcing four exciting additions to their team of ambassadors, chosen not only because of their dedication to hard work and ‘boundary breaking’ attitudes, but because they aren’t afraid to be unique. Together they aim to inspire the next generation of budding female welders, and we were lucky enough to grab a spare minute with these busy ladies for a little Q&A. 

Chelsea McShane

How it all started

In 2019 I enrolled in a 12-month NVQ level 2 fab/weld course and completed it in 5 months. During this time I applied for an apprenticeship with a company called Wood, and I was offered the job.  I was so happy to be given the opportunity and I have been there for 16 months so far. 

Why welding? 

My main reason for getting into the industry was because growing up I watched my dad do manual labour jobs and I always wanted to be like him - I would always help around the house or garden with whatever my dad was doing. After moving back to my parents’ house after 7 years of having my own place, I finally had the support to do something/anything I wanted. This was the opportunity of a lifetime for me, so as I said, I did my NVQ level 2 and then started my apprenticeship. I had a male friend who would send me videos of his work as a welder, and it amazed me. I wanted to do it myself. I thought, what have I got to lose? So, I went for it! The best thing I’ve ever done was to follow a career path that was not classed as a ‘female’ job, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

What other people say 

Whenever someone asks me what I work as and I reply, “I’m training to be a welder/fabricator”, they look at me strange and reply with “what? Really?”  Each time this makes me laugh, because I think a person can do any job they put their mind to. My work colleagues have been great with me and have always looked out for me. My parents have been an amazing support bubble for me too; they know that I am the type of person to go out and get what I want and try my hardest to get it. 

If someone asked me if they should go into welding/fabricating then I would say, if it’s what you really want to do then go for it, you have nothing to lose and you’re only here once. Male or female, never doubt yourself! Follow your instinct and dreams and any path you want. Only you can go and get it all! 

Follow Chelsea  https://www.instagram.com/the_welding_princess/

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Chelsea Griffin  

 

How it all started

I was encouraged to join the industry through a friend I met at church. It was not something I was expecting, but it was quite nice to have someone who realised that I am not the typical girl who wanted the usual feminine jobs. When my friend asked me if I knew about the sector, I had no idea, because it wasn't something that was mentioned during my school years. Engineering was just for boys, or so I thought …. 

I would advise women to investigate this career or as a hobby by contacting their nearest colleges that offer fabrication and welding courses, because that’s a starting point and they’re good courses that offer an insight into the sector. Welding can be very artistic, so it is worth enquiring if you are interested in being creative.  

 

Why Welding? 

Welding and being part of the initiative to encourage more females is important to me because I feel like many people do not realise how good the industry is, or that it is not just for men. Women can do the job just as well as men. My favourite part of the job is when I complete a full job with my fitter and it passes all the relevant testing that is required in my line of work, such as an x-ray, because it helps me reflect on my efforts and where I can improve. 

 

What other people say 

Since being in the industry I have faced multiple challenges from men. For example, I have faced the misogynistic view that women belong in the kitchen, or that I should have been at home with my children and be a housewife. I have constantly had to prove myself that I can do the job as well as the males I did my apprenticeship with.  I have had many friends express general shock that I am in this industry, because they often give off a negative opinion about how it is a male job, which is dirty. They feel you can’t progress or be proud of your work. I enjoy this type of debate though because it is often friendly, and it gives me more of an insight on how I can tackle this view by being a Women in Welding ambassador. 

 

Follow Chelsea - https://www.instagram.com/ladywelder91/

 

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Mollie Leach

 

How it all started

I would advise any woman with even a slight thought of coming into the industry to just do it! If you don’t really know where to start or don’t know much, the best advice I can give is watch videos, read blogs, follow social media pages and try and make connections with people in the industry. Speak to them, let them tell you about their experiences and what potential paths there are available to go down. If possible, try a taster of welding. There are lots of colleges that offer courses, so give it a go and see if it’s something you enjoy. Never ever shy away from an opportunity just because someone says you might not be able to do it. What I’ve learnt is that you’ve always got to have enough belief in yourself so that, even if you fail, you will always be okay. Even if you fail at aiming for the top and it doesn’t work out, you’ll never hit the bottom because you’ve already passed that point.

Why welding?

Welding is important to me as it pushes and defies the usual standards for young women and girls, like myself. It’s important as it teaches you to be independent, deal with real life difficult situations where you have to make informed decisions and do with full confidence in yourself. It’s also important as it’s breaking down the hurdles that for past women were in the way, making room for younger generations to come through and be heard and seen and showcase their talents. It’s important as it pushes me to be brave and trust that what I’m doing is good enough, that I’m worthy to be in this industry just as much as anyone else. It’s important as it challenges me and forces me to really think; think of new ways to do things and learn new skills that can push myself and my career further.

I think the best part of my job is learning. I’ve always been a person who loves to learn new things and see new things, and over the past 3 years I’ve done just that. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing people who have taught me so much and have always been there to help when I need it. In the welding industry it’s very rarely ‘same old, same old’, there’s always something exciting going on around you and there’s always something new to learn. I think that’s why I’ve enjoyed it so much.


What People Say

Don’t listen to what anyone else is saying! if it’s something you really want to do, then absolutely do it! I have such supportive and amazing people around me that nothing has ever really come as a surprise to them what I get up to in my life. I’ve never really conformed to the usual standards for girls or picked very “girly” things to do in life, so when I told my family I’d gotten an apprenticeship in welding they were absolutely over the moon for me. I couldn’t have asked for any more encouragement and support if I tried and, if I’m honest, I think they like telling people what my job is and speaking about it more than me! As for my friends, our worlds could not be further apart with regards to career choices, however all of them have been so incredibly supportive and even though they don’t really understand what I do each day, they’ve always been my biggest supporters and helped me in any way they can. 

Anyone who works in this industry knows that it has its challenges and knows it is not always plain sailing. Sometimes you do face difficult people. For the most part throughout my apprenticeship, I have been surrounded by amazing and supportive men and women who have really helped me in my journey and believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. However there have also been some situations in which men have decided to take it upon themselves to make degrading, sexist and stereotypical comments. When I hear men say to me “you shouldn’t be here because you’re a girl”, “what does your dad think of you being here?”, “did you not want to do hairdressing or nails for a career?”, it hurts quite a lot.  I always just look at them and wish they could hear themselves through my ears. Perhaps then they would realise how degrading they sound and how much it can knock your confidence. It’s taken me a long time to learn how to deal with these sorts of people, however now I just use it as motivation. No one should ever have to go to work and feel like they aren’t good enough, just because of their gender.

 

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Mikala Eade

 

Why welding?

The best part of being a welder is completing a job and then seeing it on a real-life building, such as Whitechapel Station in London and The Albion Football Centre in Brighton!

What other people say

My family, friends and college lecturers have all been so supportive throughout my choice. Encouraging young woman into an engineering career is now important to me too, because I know how daunting it can be. It is often seen as a 'man’s job', which is a stereotype that needs to change. I’ve heard it all, comments such as 'you don’t look like a welder', 'you can’t weld with them nails', 'you shouldn’t be in a man’s job' …. These are challenges I’ve had to overcome. I was the only woman on my welding course for all 5 years and I’m now the only female in my workplace, but I couldn’t be happier. The guys I work with and go to college with are lovely and have helped me so much. I’ve definitely made friends for life!

The advice I would give to other woman thinking about going into engineering is to go for it! It sounds so cheesy, but you won’t regret it!
 

Follow Mikala: https://www.instagram.com/mikalaeademetalwork/

 

#Kids Invent Stuff#weldred#iwd2021#womeninwelding

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Lincoln Electric - Skills and Education Group Awards

by Admin 4. June 2021 14:35

 

Lincoln Electric

Rapid Welding and Lincoln Electric have enjoyed a successful relationship for over 30 years, and we are very proud to support their new educational program!

Lincoln Electric UK is embarking on a multi-faceted plan to raise welding education standards across the nation and at the heart of this, is a newly approved partnership with Skills and Education Group Awards

Skills and Education Group Awards is a leading national awarding organisation with a long-established reputation for providing high-quality support and services to the educational sector.  The partnership sees Lincoln Electric endorse Skills and Education Group Awards’ newly developed Fabrication and Welding qualifications to provide UTC’s, schools, colleges, other further education and skills providers and employers with an industry leading qualification suite.

In addition, Skills and Education Group Awards will be providing a Digital Learning platform to allow training providers to utilise the Lincoln Electric U/LINC suite of delivery materials.  This will support welding educators with the consistent delivery of training, allowing them to create bespoke training packages for individual businesses.

Commenting on the partnership, Jason Scales, Business Manager, Education for Lincoln Electric stated, “We are excited to have this partnership with Skills and Education Group Awards.  This will provide us with an incredible platform to share Lincoln Electric’s 100 plus years’ worth of knowledge in welding training, research and instruction with these institutions and redefine what a quality welding education programme should look like.”Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of Skills and Education Group Awards, added, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lincoln Electric to provide colleges, training providers and other institutions with high-quality training resources and qualifications that are designed to meet industry need.”

 If you are interested in finding out more about Lincoln's fabrication and welding qualifications, either View their offer or email the Relationship Manager at Skills and Education Group Awards > kayej@skillsedugroup.co.uk.

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Breathe Clean and Fresh Air with the most Versatile Optrel PAPR System

by Admin 29. March 2021 10:27

Breathe Clean and Fresh Air with the most Versatile Optrel PAPR System

The Optrel Swiss Air respiratory protection system is independent of the helmet or other equipment used and is therefore the most versatile Optrel respiratory protection system available. It can be used with a construction/industrial helmet, weldCap® or without a helmet at all. 

The Optrel swiss air respiratory protection system brings clean breathing air into your environment and lets you breathe as freely as you can otherwise only enjoy outdoors in nature. 

Many workplaces and public spaces produce pollutants such as smoke, soot particles, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, ozone or viruses that can enter the lungs through the nose, throat and trachea, causing asthma, chronic cough, bronchitis or other respiratory diseases including lung cancer. With the optrel swiss air respiratory protection system you enjoy fresh air, completely independent of your activity and your other protective equipment. It makes you independent and free. 

Take a look at the PAPR system features in this video!

                                     

Key features: 

·        TH3 certified particle master filter

·        Adjustable Air flow 100-130 l/min

·        14 hour power battery

·        Automatic altitude and temperature compensation

·        Breath supporting

·        No masks Fit Test required. 

The Optrel Swiss Air PAPR TH3 system is available to buy online at RapidWelding.com now! 

Click here for more details, or contact our sales team on sales@rapidwelding.com, or give us a call on +44(0)23 92 214 214. 

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Health & Safety Executive (HSE) eBulletin: Fabricated Metal Inspections

by Admin 4. March 2021 10:43

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) eBulletin: Fabricated Metal Inspection

On the 17th February 2021 the HSE issued an eBulletin directed at metal fabricators concerning welding fumes and metalworking fluids. As such, the HSE has written to businesses to ensure they are complying with guidance to manage the risk of associated respiratory diseases, and if your business receives a letter you should respond as soon as possible. 

 The HSE eBulletin: Fabricated Metal Inspections can be found HERE.

Managing the risk of welding fumes and metalworking fluids in your business 

Correct measures and procedures, plus provision of appropriate PPE and other relevant safety equipment must be in place to protect our workers. As a welding supplier we understand that our customers take the health and safety of their employees and themselves very seriously, and we can help in providing solutions which meet your specific needs, whether that be in the form of Air Fed Welding Helmets or Fume Extraction units. 

Creating clean air in your work environment is often possible through correct use of at-source or separate source extraction options, general ventilation and filtration systems and personal protection in the form of welding helmets; all effective methods of creating a safer work environment. 

We offer an extensive range of fume extraction equipment, which can be viewed HERE.

Our team of experienced Sales Engineers are just a call, email or click away in helping you make the best decision for yourself and your colleagues. 

For more information do not hesitate to get in touch: sales@rapidwelding.com or call us on 02392 214 214

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Vacancy - Web Content & Presentation Coordinator

by Admin 3. March 2021 10:16


 

Web Content & Presentation Coordinator at Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd

Location: Home based, in Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, Isle of Wight.

Job Type: Web Content & Presentation Coordinator. 

Working Hours: 39 Hours per Week (will consider Job Share, please specify on application) Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1700 Friday 0800 to 1600 60 minutes lunch.

Salary: Initially £23000.00.

Holiday: 20 paid days per year (pro-rata for job share) + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory for business closure between Christmas & New Year).

Additional: Company clothing, IT hardware as necessary.

COMPANY OVERVIEW  

Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd have been in business for over 30 years and is one of the largest independent welding suppliers in the UK. From our Head Office in Portsmouth we ship welding products worldwide, on a daily basis and, with our Service Centre in Southampton, ensure we meet and exceed our customers requirements.

JOB OVERVIEW

A Web Content & Presentation Coordinator is required for our busy, expanding, welding product supply company. This role will be home based although you may be required to occasionally travel to one of our sites in Portsmouth, Southampton or an Isle of Wight location. The focus will be on working on our website by:

• Accurately loading products on the company’s platforms (including text, pricing, key features and images). 

• Maintaining and improving design.

• Ensuring continuity of presentation and ease of usability.

• As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS for Web Content & Presentation Coordinator

IT Literate (ESSENTIAL)

• Ability to ensure attention to detail and high quality work on a consistent basis (ESSENTIAL)

• Excellent copywriting with a high-level competency in English grammar and punctuation (ESSENTIAL)

• Strong proof-reading skills • An aptitude to learn new software and system

• Have a flair for identifying trends • Ability to follow instructions

• Ability to work in a team and to work independently when required

• Ability to use common sense • Good communication skills

• Good mathematic skills

• Any other tasks my be required to be performed as necessary

Reference ID: WEBCO1 

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies@rapidwelding.com

 

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Vacancy: Electrical Maintenance Engineer

by Admin 18. February 2021 13:40

Electrical Maintenance Engineer

Southampton, Hampshire
Full-time, Permanent
Salary: £23,000.00 to £24,500.00 /year 

Electrical Maintenance Engineer at Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd

Location: Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire

Job Type: Electrical Maintenance Engineer

Working Hours: 43.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1730 and Friday 0800 to 1600, 30 minutes lunch

Salary: Initially £23000.00 to £24500.00 depending on experience + Bonus Scheme (subject to initial probation of 3 months)

Holiday: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas & New Year)

Additional: Company clothing, PPE and tools supplied.

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd have been in business for over 30 years and are one of the largest independent welding suppliers in the UK. From our Head Office in Portsmouth we ship welding plant and consumables, worldwide, on a daily basis whilst our Service Centre in Hedge End, Southampton provides factory trained service engineers to meet our customers requirements.

JOB OVERVIEW

An Electrical Maintenance Engineer is required for our busy, expanding, welding machine supply company and will be based at our busy workshop at Hedge End, the focus will be:

· Servicing and repairing of welding and welding related equipment.

· Visiting customers sites to carry out servicing/validation/repairs.

· As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.

· On the job and manufacture training will be provided.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS for Electrical Maintenance Engineer

· Electronics/Industrial Controls: 1 year (Required)

· Experienced in electronics / industrial controls. We can teach the electrical requirements for welding machines, so experience working with welding plant, whilst desirable, is not essential.

· Welding plant: 1 year (Preferred)

· Minimum C grade in GCSE Maths & Science

· Qualifications in an electrical or mechanical discipline would be beneficial.

· IT literate.

· Calm under pressure.

· Excellent communicator across all colleague levels.

· The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service.

· Driving licence required

All applications (with CV) to vacancies@rapidwelding.com

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Prepared for Brexit

by Admin 12. February 2021 10:58

 

Prepared for Brexit

 

 

 

Rapid Welding has been importing and exporting goods for over a decade, and these years of experience helped us prepare for January 1st 2021, putting us in the best possible position to enable our customers and ourselves to trade competitively, quickly and easily, as the UK moves forward independent of the EU.

 

Brexit has proved, and indeed continues to prove, a challenging time. In line with many companies we have, unfortunately, been experiencing delays in receiving supplies and with our European customers receiving their orders.  We share our customers’ and suppliers’ frustrations with these delays but are positive these will ease as the weeks progress and lessons are learnt.

Continuity of supply is our upmost priority, and the couriers we use are carefully chosen for their experience, expertise and professionalism. Much of the feedback we have received post January 1st refers positively to the service we continue to offer.

·   France - Good experience, team listening with quick answers like sending despite the holiday season and Brexit. Very satisfied.

·   Norway - Great product and price, and fast shipping to Norway and great to do shopping with Great Britain after Brexit.

·   Greece - Very good service from the store staff. Large variety of products in branded companies. Top quality products at good prices. Very fast transfer in 6 working days I received the products. Very good store!

·   Sweden - Very fast shipping to Sweden.

·   The Netherlands - I was well advised via chat, delivery to Netherlands was very quickly and relative cheap. 

Our key logistics and sales personnel have been taking courses in many areas regarding the import and export of supplies - including invoice information, customs duties and goods origins - to prevent delays at border controls with both our goods. We now also have an external Export Manager who is helping our team with any new compliance we need to carry out.

We will continue to work closely with our customers and suppliers and look forward to providing the best experience possible when choosing your welding supplies.

 

For any more information, you may contact us at sales@rapidwelding.com or call us on +44 (0)2392 214 214. Alternatively, you can click here to visit our website.

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Lincoln Electric: Powertec Series

by Admin 19. January 2021 09:57

Designed with welders, for welders: The Lincoln Electric Powertec range is the ideal solution for industrial applications.

 

With its integrated and compact body, the Powertec series is the latest in inverter based compact welders for MIG/MAG and MMA welding. Developed and tested under the hardest industrial conditions, these welding machines offer perfect handling and can be used for both MIG & Stick welding of steel, stainless steel, aluminium as well as for MIG brazing applications. 

Built with the latest in high frequency inverter technology, the Powertec’s arc is accurately controlled and is many times faster than most conventional and similar power sources.

Powertec MIG inverters make the most of the latest power source technology, focusing on efficiency and lower energy consumption. The characteristics of the welding power can be changed via software in electrical real time updates, and the wide range of synergic programs available as standard, offering easy to use settings, simple navigation and multi-language features, allow the operator to have precise control of welding parameters for the best results every time. 

Our featured products: 

The Lincoln Powertec i320C Advanced Mig Welder Package with LGS2 360 4m Torch, 400v 3ph: Here

The air cooled ready to weld package which includes the Lincoln Powertec i420S MIG Welder Power Source, LF-52D Standard Digital Wire Feeder and 4m Lincoln LGS2 360 Air Cooled MIG Gun: Here

To view the full range, visit Rapid online: Here

If you’d like more information about Lincoln Powertec Welders, you can contact us by email: webenquiries@rapidwelding.com or give us a call on +44 (0)23 92 214 214 

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