CECAMM - The New Centre of Excellence

by Rapid Welding 12. January 2018 13:39

CECAMM - The New Centre of Excellence

Welding Bays at CECAMM

Opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex in September last year, the exciting Isle of Wight College CECAMM facility in Whippingham offers students specialised education and a broad experience of engineering skills. The aim is to prepare students to enter their chosen field, help secure careers, and in some cases go on to higher study. 

Located at the Island Technology Park, the world class training facility includes workshops and classrooms for study programmes such as Boat Construction and Design, CNC Programming, Fabrication, Marine Engineering and MIG, MAG and TIG Welding, and it was for the latter programme that the college purchased six new Kemppi welding machines from Rapid.


Kemppi MasterTig 3003 MLS AC/DC

Having heard about Rapid through an existing customer based on the Isle of Wight, the order for three Kemppi FastMig X, and three Kemppi MLS 3003 AC/DC Tig for CECAMM soon followed, as well as further orders for PPE and consumables.

Welding Lecturer at CECAMM, Chris Wright said, "We are very pleased with the welding equipment supplied by Rapid Welding.The equipment is easy to use and it's always good to have industry standard equipment for the learners. I am very impressed with the level of help and support we have received from Rapid Welding. It's all good :)." 

With close ties to the Isle of Wight and a strong customer base, we are delighted to have had the opportunity to supply CECAMM with welding machines and equipment for this project. As a company, Rapid strives to bring our customers the products they really want, combined with the most up-to-date technology in the industry. This enables businesses as well as individual welders to safeguard quality and productivity, and in this case, will allow the future generation of welders and engineers to develop their skills with the most current equipment available, helping them prepare for the future and hopefully successful and rewarding careers.

They will certainly have an excellent start at CECAMM!

For more information about CECAMM and how to apply for engineering courses and apprenticeships, please visit their website: www.cecamm.co.uk. 

The Future Generation of Welders!

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Why you should use an Authorised Repair Centre like Rapid!

by Rapid Welding 3. October 2017 16:41
 Why you should always use an Authorised Repair Centre like Rapid!
 Before Service 
When equipment goes wrong, it's usually at a time when you need it working at its best. Having to part with welding machinery for it to be repaired or serviced can be inconvenient, and in some cases costly to production, which is why choosing a fully approved warranty and repair centre like Rapid can help ensure that as well as extending the lifetime of your machine fleet, you can be confident that work is being undertaken by industry trained professionals, disruption is minimised as repairs and/or maintenance can be carried out off site in our fully equipped machine workshops, and for extra ease, UK wide collection and delivery can be arranged.

Need more convincing? ....... Why not take a look at our quick guide as to why choosing an authorised repair centre like Rapid is a great idea. 
After Service 
As an authorised repair centre, we can carry out warranty work, giving you the confidence that we can repair your machine if it goes wrong. 
We can easily get manufacturer parts so your equipment will be repaired using genuine OEM parts.
Our engineers are regularly trained, and we have access to all the correct repair manuals meaning we can repair your machine quickly and correctly.
We are able to get all the latest firmware updates, so your machine is always up to date with software bugs removed and improved welding characteristics.
We have access to recall information so you know your equipment is safe and working as it should be.
We have the specialist tools from the manufacturer which may be required to repair certain machines, allowing us to repair your machine correctly and safely.
Complies to the warranty conditions, which keeps you covered if something should go wrong.
Our services are continually reviewed by manufacturers, ensuring we always maintain the high standards they require.
We have access to the manufacturing R&D to sort any problems that aren’t a “repair” and any background settings that may need changing for a particular job type. We can offer innovative solutions for abnormal problems or specific welding applications you may come up against. 

We can repair and service all makes and models of welding machines and any related equipment, and our qualified engineers are factory trained for the following manufacturers: 

For more information on repairs and servicing, please email ServiceDept@RapidWelding.com or call the office on +44 (0)23 92 214 214 and ask for Karen.

Welcome to the Rapid Experience

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*** Vacancy *** Dispatch Warehouse Operative

by Rapid Welding 26. May 2017 14:50


Dispatch Warehouse Operative


Location: Cosham, Hampshire.

Working Hours: 45 Hours per Week, Monday to Friday (0800 to 1730). You must also have the flexibility to work extra hours. 30 minutes paid lunch.

Salary: c£18525 pa including paid lunch.

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

** Candidates MUST have a Full Driving Licence, you will be based at the warehouse and will provide cover for fellow stores people / delivery drivers when required **


We have a fantastic new job opportunity for a Dispatch Warehouse Operative.

Successful candidates will predominately work as a Dispatch Warehouse Operative. You will also provide holiday relief cover for stores colleagues and delivery drivers. You will need to have a Full Driving Licence and the flexibility to go out on deliveries at short notice.

Working as the Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will work within a team to ensure that all goods are put away correctly, and orders are picked, checked, and dispatched correctly.

As a Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will support the smooth running of the warehouse and be responsible for preparing paperwork, to deadlines, to support courier deliveries. 

You should have excellent time management skills and customer service skills, as you will be required to serve on the trade counter while meeting daily deadlines. 


Dispatch Warehouse Operative duties and responsibilities include:

  • The correct receiving and putting away of supplier deliveries.
  • The correct picking, checking and packing of sales orders.
  • Completing any relevant documentation required for national and international deliveries.
  • Working in a timely and efficient manner, complying with customer deadlines.
  • Serving customers on the Trade Counter.
  • Assisting drivers with the loading of vehicles when necessary.
  • Very occasionally covering absence of delivery drivers.


  • Good level of computer literacy.
  • Full driving licence.
  • Anticipate, respond to and seek to exceed the expectations of existing and potential customers.
  • Show support for business values and demonstrate a high level of honesty and integrity.
  • Respond positively to changing business circumstances and readily adapt behaviour to maintain effective performance.
  • Be able to work in a well-structured manner with strong organisational skills.
  • Ensure tasks are completed by set timescales, accurately and with an attention to detail.
  • Build and maintain good working relationships, able to communicate effectively with all internal and external stakeholders
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills.
  • An industrial warehousing background, although this is not essential.
  • A current forklift licence would be advantageous, although this is not essential.


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

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Tim Peake; An Extraordinary Journey- Inspiring the next generation into 'thinking big'!

by Rapid Welding 23. December 2016 17:06


Roy & Marianne Edwards with Lynn Willacy from Air Products


When a representative from Air Products contacted Rapid asking if we’d like to be part of a space adventure of astronomical proportions, naturally we jumped at the opportunity no questions asked!

Most people have heard of the name Tim Peake. Well, if you’re harbouring secret desires to follow in his intergalactic footsteps and have your very own space odyssey (like we clearly are), then you might be interested in visiting the newly launched exhibition at The Novium Museum in Chichester - Tim Peake; An Extraordinary Journey.

An excellent occasion to bring the two businesses together.

Air Products is one of the world's largest Industrial Gas companies, and a Strategic Sponsor for the exhibition. As an Air Products agent offering a full range of Industrial Gases and cylinder gas solutions, and a local agent to Chichester where the exhibition is being held, we were very excited to receive the invitation from Air Products to support them during the launch which took place this week to coincide with the first anniversary of Tim’s take-off.


"We have been helping launch astronauts into space for the last 50 years. Since Tim's own extraordinary journey ended, his aim has been to encourage children to think about the importance of science, technology engineering and mathematics. We are really pleased to be involved in this exhibition and we hope it will inspire the next generation and be the launch pad for many more extraordinary journeys in the future." 

Air Products.

The exhibition allows would-be explorers to embark on a space mission, following Tim Peake's very own astronomical adventure. Starting with a 'rocket lift', transporting occupants into outer space, the exhibition aims to encourage and inspire young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and to think ‘big’ about their futures. From blasting into outer space and finding out about Tim’s Space Walk, to experiencing what it’s like to eat, sleep and work in an International Space Station, it’s certainly going to inspire and ignite. It’s a project we are very proud to offer our support to.

“It was a great pleasure to meet Mr Peake Senior, Tim’s Dad (Nigel Peake is part of the project group pulling the exhibition together) and see the obvious pride he has in his son’s achievements and the joint passion they share for encouraging and educating our future Astronauts, Engineers and Welders. Inspiring future generations is also an ideology both Rapid Welding and Air Products have shared throughout their years in the Gas Industry.”


Marianne Edwards, Rapid Welding

Roy & Marianne Edwards with Mr Nigel Peake

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Time To Get Sliced! Arcair Exothermic Cutting Solutions

by Rapid Welding 7. November 2016 13:59

Unlike many other cutting process used today, the Arcair SLICE systems can cut, burn or pierce virtually any metallic, non metallic or composite material.


The SLICE exothermic torch is so versatile it can cut through materials such as:

  • mild, stainless and alloy steels
  • Cast iron, aluminium, magnesium and other non-ferrous metals
  • Slag and refractory materials
  • Concrete or brick. 
Mud, rust or other corrosion make no difference. The Arcair SLICE will cut through anything you put in front of it!
There's never been a more versatile cutting tool!  

Watch the Arcair SLICE Exothermic Demo as it cuts through a train rail in one rod by clicking  HERE!
To view all Exothermic Cutting Products in this range, visit the Rapid Website by clicking HERE.

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Job Vacancy at Portchester Depot - Trainee Warehouse Manager

by Rapid Welding 22. September 2016 13:02


Tel: 023 92 214 214


Trainee Warehouse Assistant


Location:  Portchester

Contract:  Full time with three month probationary period 

Job type:  Trainee Warehouse Assistant

Salary:  In accordance with National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage 

Job description: 

  • Warehouse Trainee to become a team member required for our busy stores and despatch area.
  • Main duties include assisting the Warehouse / Logistics team with picking and packing goods,
  • Receiving, checking & booking goods inwards,
  • Keeping warehouse & vehicles clean and tidy, including outside areas,
  • Checking for damaged stock, reporting any damage to manager,
  • Completing any errands the manager may require,
  • Assisting other department colleagues if necessary.
  • This role includes working closely with other stores personnel and drivers, calling for a positive and encouraging manner to be part of the team complying with all regulatory requirements, e.g. Health & Safety, security and product safety.
  • Clothing and safety boots supplied. 


Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm, 30 minutes paid lunch 

What we're looking for: 

  • IT literate.
  • A team player.
  • Good numeracy and literacy 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 and cleanliness. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Rapid Family. If you feel this challenge is for you, please send your CV and a covering letter to stuart@rapidwelding.com. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

RD Edwards Director (Managing) R P Edwards (Technical)
RegisteredOffices: Unit 2D Hamilton Road, Portchester Park, Cosham, Hampshire, PO64QE
Company Registration No: 243 1802


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An Exciting New Partnership - Bohler Welding Products Now Available From Rapid!

by Rapid Welding 22. July 2016 15:56

We are very excited to be appointed as an official main agent for Bohler Welding!


Here's our lovely Scarlet overseeing proceedings with Peter Chapel (Bohler Welding) & Roy Edwards

As one of the most respected brands in the industry, Bohler Welding is an innovative producer of welding consumables for joint welding, covering all major arc welding processes. Globally recognised as offering a complete portfolio, boasting up-to-date specifications and the highest quality standards, Bohler Welding constantly has their finger on the pulse of a demanding market.

 With Bohler Welding's proven international market history and reputation for being on the 'leading edge of innovation', we are delighted to align the Rapid name with this quality brand. And with big stocks in the UK, we feel Bohler Welding products will complement the existing ranges Rapid currently has to offer, bringing to our customers the solutions, service, and quality they really want!   

For the latest Bohler Welding products available from Rapid, please visit our website www.rapidwelding.com


Welcome to the Rapid Experience!  

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Vacancy at Rapid - Warehouse / Logistics Person

by Rapid Welding 25. May 2016 17:40


Tel : 023 92 214 214


Warehouse / Logistics Person 

Location                 Portchester

Contract                 Full time with three month probationary period

Job type                 Warehouse/Logistics/ distribution

Salary                     c £18500.00, subject to experience


Job description


  • Warehouse / Logistics team member required for our busy stores and despatch area.
  • Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be ensuring our stock is accurate, in the correct location, and our customers orders can be fulfilled accurately and quickly. This role will also require accurate stock receiving, picking and despatching, in accordance with pre-set instructions and standards.
  • This role includes working closely with other stores personnel and drivers, calling for a positive and encouraging manner to be part of the team. The successful candidate must also ensure they comply with all regulatory requirements, e.g. Health & Safety, security and product safety, at all times.
  • The role includes serving members of the public, trade customers and working with our suppliers. 
  • Clothing and safety boots supplied.




  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm, 30 minutes paid lunch


What we're looking for


  • Experienced in a stores environment
  • Working knowledge of warehouse processes and flows
  • IT Literate, knowledge of computerised systems
  • Calm under pressure – this role will include working to time critical deadlines.
  • An excellent communicator across all colleague levels.
  • Forklift licence and Driving licence desirable
  • Ideally have an engineering/welding background.
  • 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 and cleanliness.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Rapid Family. If you feel this challenge is for you, please get in touch by sending your CV and a covering letter to stuart@rapidwelding.com. 

We look forward to hearing from you.


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CK Tig Promotion - Extended Due to Popular Demand!

by Rapid Welding 13. May 2016 18:07
Did you know ..... CK torch parts are compatible with all other torches using the same style of parts, meaning you can enjoy CK quality, inc the gas saver kits & clear Pyrex cups etc, whichever torch you use!
Even better, this includes the Accessory Kits featured in our current CK promotion! 
Terrific Response!
Due to a terrific response, we have decided to continue our amazing special offer of the free CK Accessory Kits as featured on our website.
Our stocks are bolstered - Why not order your FREE CK accessory kits today by clicking HERE!
Welcome to the Rapid Experience 

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Join The Rapid Family Today! Exciting New Role at RentArc

by Rapid Welding 26. April 2016 20:51


Tel : 023 80 867 789


email : sales@rentarc.com

Hire & Marketing Support 

We are excited to announce that a fantastic opportunity has arisen for a full time Hire & Marketing Support role within RentArc, part of the Rapid group of companies. 

  • Location                  Ower, Hampshire
  • Contract                  Full time
  • Job type                   Hire & Marketing Support
  • Salary                      c £25 000.00

Job description

Based in our Ower office and supporting our existing team to grow our business, the key responsibilities will include: 

  • Marketing.
  • Development of strategies to grow our rental business and raise our rental market profile.
  • Recognising potential ‘hiring’ opportunities within Rapid’s existing customer base.
  • Develop Hire Wizard.
  • Maintaining our reputation as a highly respected company with a proven history of superb customer care.
  • Breakdown repair co-ordination.
  • Develop web and social media presence.
  • Enhance our Health and Safety policies.
  • As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.



  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.00pm, 60 minutes lunch, 40 hours per week
  • 20 days holiday per year + statutory holidays.  Compulsory Christmas & New Year shutdown.


What we're looking for 

  • Strong customer focus.
  • The role will be fast-paced and challenging, therefore you must have an adaptable, flexible attitude and   approach.
  • Be prepared to work alongside your team to be driven to achieve a high level of service.
  • General office experience required.
  • ‘C’ grade GCSE in Mathematics and English Language.
  • IT literate including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel).
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Excellent communicator across all colleague levels. 

This role would suit someone in the existing tool or plant hire / rental business. 

Company office clothing supplied.


If this is the challenge for you, please send your CV and a covering letter to





12 Mortimers Estate, Ower, Hampshire, SO51 6AL 

R D Edwards Director (Managing) R P Edwards (Technical)

Registered Offices: Unit 2D Hamilton Road, Portchester Park, Cosham, Hampshire, PO6 4QE

Company Registration No: 07147183

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