Training firm makes final of global awards

Industrial training specialist AIS has made the finals of a global welding competition.

Wednesday, 18th April 2018, 1:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th April 2018, 1:46 pm
A trainee learns the trade at AIS. Picture by Doug Pittman.

The North Shields firm has been shortlisted in the best training provider category of the World Welding Awards 2018, which rewards the best companies in the welding industry.

Charlie Guthrie, group marketing manager at AIS, said: “We are delighted to have reached the finals in this prestigious competition, particularly as it is voted for by people in the welding industry.”

AIS, on the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, has invested more than £1.5m in its welding training provision over the last three years.

It has expanded its training portfolio to offer coded welding courses, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships, and is the only place in the UK to have a Zurich-accredited welding surveyor onsite to witness all coded tests, meaning it can offer training and testing together in one location.

The company has also recently unveiled its new underwater welding tank where qualified divers can learn how to weld underwater – a skill used in the sub-sea, marine, and oil and gas sectors.

Charlie added: “In developing our welding offer, we listened carefully to what companies and individuals need from welding training and created a unique, ‘one-stop-shop’ which offers bespoke welding solutions across every level and sector.

“No wonder people are flocking from all over the world to come here.

“Welding skills are much in-demand and there are huge skills shortages across sectors like manufacturing.

“Coded welders in particular are highly prized by employers because the ‘coding’ or testing provides assurance that the person can perform at that level.

“We are helping companies address their needs and are delivering highly skilled, competent welders for the future.”

The awards finals took place in Birmingham last night (Wednesday, April 11).

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