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The Weldability-Sif Foundation has teamed up with EAL and The Welding Institute (TWI) to install specialist welder training facilities. The partnership has so far helped 15 colleges to install such facilities, each with seven distinct and new EAL qualifications.

To date, nearly 2,000 students have completed the level-one qualifications — covering MIG and MMA welding as well as oxy-acetylene welding — with hundreds more registering across the UK.

The first college to provide the qualifications was North Hertfordshire College in Stevenage, where a new specialist training facility with welding equipment, welding bays and a sponsored classroom for theory lessons was installed by the Weldability-Sif Foundation.

The Weldability-Sif Foundation has also established a welder traineeship and welder apprenticeship course at this college. The courses will use a combination of level-one and level-two skills qualifications alongside e-learning and the new Virtuweld — a virtual-reality facility — together with real-life practical welding facilities.

Background information

  • The Association of Welding Distribution (AWD) has revealed that 50,000 people need to start welder training at level one and two within the next three to five years, with a proportion progressing to level three, to counteract the declining workforce in the nuclear energy industry and to help meet the government’s energy plans, which include more than £200bn of investment in new nuclear power stations, wind and wave generators and more.
  • On 4 February 2013, Margaret Hodge MP stated on BBC Radio 4 that construction of nuclear waste storage facilities underground had stalled due to the lack of qualified welders.
  • According to Ann Watson, managing director of EAL, the partnership between Weldability-Sif Foundation, EAL and TWI will not only up-skill thousands of welding students but also provide a trained and qualified workforce.

Weldability-Sif has a heritage dating back to 1925 and the origins of the bronze brazing process. Our products are known and trusted by many corporations across the globe, with a vast product user customer base ranging from car hobbyists right through to large multinational industrial gas and fabrication companies.  

For almost a century we have innovated in the development of welding products and have supported the industry with technical assistance and consistent product quality. We have developed a successful brand for the supply of welding consumables with a range that covers applications in bronze, cast iron and various grades of high-tensile steels, stainless and aluminium.  

Weldability-Sif continues to offer the broadest and most comprehensive welding product portfolio available from a single UK source, and distributes via its network of trading partners, as well as through web and mail-order channels.  

Our business is dedicated to the supply and support of the welding industry and we constantly strive to improve both the extent of our range and the quality of customer service we provide.

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