New welding centre of excellence with Sizewell C
Weldability Sif has announced that they will open a new centre of excellence for welding in East Anglia if Sizewell C gets the go-ahead.
They will upskill and train a new generation of British welders and provide new career opportunities for young people in Suffolk to work on Sizewell C and other projects in the region.
Weldability Sif has successfully launched a centre of excellence at Bridgwater and Taunton college in Somerset to support the Hinkley Point C project and want to do the same in the East of England if Sizewell C proceeds. They have already installed a series of innovative welding simulators at East Coast college in Lowestoft to give students a taster for what a career in the sought-after trade would entail.
Gareth Hawkins, Managing Director, Weldability Sif, said: “Businesses are looking around the world for trained and qualified workers to undertake welding projects. Highly-skilled welders are in short supply and through the Sizewell C project we want to make sure there is a centre of excellence in place to train local people to take up these jobs and to learn a new sought-after trade.”
The Weldability Sif Foundation has supported over 40 institutions across the UK in commencing – or expanding – their provision for welder training.
Since its inception, the Foundation has helped to deliver over 16,000 welding qualifications and is making a real impact in addressing the skills gap that needs to be filled if the full benefits to UK industry are to be gained.
Find out more about the initiative by watching this short video.