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New welder training schemes to help bridge 38,000 shortfall in UK welders

Written by Darran Green on 07 April 2013

According to the Office of National Statistics, over the last five years, almost a quarter of all registered and certified welders in the UK have left the industry, representing a decline of 18,000 welders. There are now only 58,000 welders left in the UK.

To educate and train a new generation of UK-based welders, the Weldability-Sif Foundation has entered into partnership 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.

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'Apprenticeship standards must be upheld', says EAL

Written by Darran Green on 30 April 2012

EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications, has pledged its support to improve the quality of apprenticeships after a recent survey showed that over half of employers are equally as worried about damage to their reputation as qualifications.

28.8% of those who took part in the survey were concerned about the negative impact on the Apprenticeships brand, with a further 28.6% saying that the damage has already been done. Since the abolition of Train to Gain, questions have been raised about whether some ‘apprenticeships’ really live up to expectations or whether they are simply a way of earning some quick cash

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