Welding is world class investment

Underwater welding at Speciality Welds, recently bought by AIS Group.
Underwater welding at Speciality Welds, recently bought by AIS Group.

A world-leading training centre is being created in North Tyneside after a take-over by a local business.

Queen’s Award winning manufacturer AIS is using the expertise from recently acquired Speciality Welds to create the training and coding centre at its 12-acre state-of-the-art facility in North Shields.

Once completed it will offer coded welding courses from basic level to the highest international industry standards, delivered in 15 custom-built bays and workshop areas.

AIS has become the only place in the UK to have a Zurich-accredited welding surveyor on site to witness all coded tests, allowing welding training and testing in one location.

And it is also able to deliver underwater welding training from sub-sea expert Speciality Welds’ Huddersfield site.

All Speciality Welds staff have been retained by AIS.

Paul Stonebanks, managing director of AIS Group said: “Speciality Welds has an excellent reputation and more than 35 years of experience in the welding sector so it’s a great strategic fit for the business.

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

“Using Speciality Welds’ expertise we want to create a world-class welding training and coding offer where people get expert tuition and assessment services together in one place, as well as providing high-quality welding products.”