(Weldability Sif Foundation Trustee & Director Adrian Hawkins & West Herts College Principal Gill Worgan)
Weldability-Sif are delighted to announced the opening of a new Foundation level welder training facility at West Herts College. This is part of the ongoing strategy from the Weldability-Sif Foundation Charity to pro-actively encourage the development of new welder training facilities across the UK.
The dedicated welding training suite complete with 10 fully equipped welding bays, eLearning studio and new virtual reality welding hub was opened by Adrian Hawkins, Weldability-Sif Foundation Director and Trustee, along with West Herts College Principal Gill Worgan. West Herts College is one of 29 colleges, who have already agreed to provide training facilities funded by the Foundation Charity, which will be co-funding welder training facilities at colleges over the next five years,
(West Herts College Virtual Welding Suite)
Adrian said: “The Weldability-Sif Foundation was established and registered as a charity to specifically encourage the development of new welder training facilities across the UK. Welding plays an important role in manufacturing and is used in a multitude of different industries including food processing, quarrying, shipping, as well as energy and UK infrastructure industries. Welding plays an active part in keeping it all together and Foundation level welder skills training at West Herts College is another step towards a full apprenticeship programme designed to meet demand and overcome the current skills shortage in the UK welding industry.”
Gill Worgan, Principal, West Herts College, said: “Today’s welding industry urgently requires professionals with a high-level of technical ability. These skills can only be developed in partnership with leading employer-foundations like Weldability-Sif. By working together, we can offer innovative teaching in state-of-the-art facilities. It’s about inspiring the next generation of professional welders, for a sector central to the success of the UK economy.”
West Herts College provides training and education to more than 4,000 young people, plus adults of many ages and at many stages of their careers. Based in South West Hertfordshire, the College specialises in occupational and vocational skills – developing people for work in priority sectors across the region and beyond.