A Birkenhead college has become the first in the Liverpool City Region to launch an industry-approved welding centre.
The Engineering College’s new facility is officially recognised by The Welding Institute (TWI) and offers qualifications authorised by the global organisation.
The launch of the new centre, which comes in the wake of a £500,000 refurbishment at the institute, means students and apprentices no longer have to travel to Manchester or further afield to acquire TWI-approved qualifications.
Terry Weston, CEO of the Engineering College, says: “We have always offered welding courses, but due to a systematic change in the way apprenticeships are structured, now largely being created and informed by industry rather than standards agencies, we have witnessed a shift in demand towards industrial qualifications.
“The commercial welding courses have also become more rigorous with more challenging end assessments, placing greater demand on training facilities. The college has been working with TWI for some time in a bid to develop facilities which would meet the institute’s high approval rating.
“In line with a series of other positive developments at the college in recent months we are proud to officially open our new TWI-approved centre for learners across the region.”
The Engineering College has also partnered with an Ellesmere Port welding firm which will provide tools for its students.