The competition, now in its eight year, sets out to identify Britain’s top trainee welders who are proficient in all popular welding processes, including MMA, TIG and MIG/MAG.
The competition starts with a series of regional competitions in February and March 2008 and a shortlist of eligible regional winners go forward to the national competition, which takes place at TWI in Cambridge from 15 – 18th April 2008.
UK Skills and SkillWeld will then independently assess the national winner and two runners up, with a view to being nominated to represent the UK in the WorldSkills Competition in Canada in 2009.
Matthias Kuhn, general manager Packaged Gases for the UK and Ireland at Air Products, explained the importance of the competition to the welding industry: ‘Welding is a highly skilled trade which requires a high level of attainment. The welders in this competition are still training but they never fail to impress us with their abilities and their use of the latest safety practice. They provide an excellent example of good practice to the industry and that is why we are supporting the competition for the 8th consecutive year.’
Mike Vacher, chairman of SkillWeld 2008, added: ‘Last year more than 80 welders entered the competition and we hope to attract even more entrants this year. At a time when skills shortages are seriously affecting UK industry, we are seeking to promote welding skills far and wide, in a bid to encourage more people to train in the future.’