SPARKS FLY WITH NEW WELDING EQUIPMENT
Welding students at City of Wolverhampton College will be kitting up in the latest hi-tech protective helmets and receiving specialist training from industry experts thanks to the generosity of three local suppliers.
The companies – GE Welding Supplies, based in Wolverhampton and Parweld, based in Bewdley – have each donated 10 Parweld full-face light reactive protective welding helmets, worth around £700, to the college’s engineering department, whilst voestalpine (correct) Bohler Welding UK, based in Oldbury, will be providing free training on flux cored and metal cored processes to students and staff.
The new helmets and specialist training will allow the college to expand the range of industry-standard welding courses it offers and enable students to develop their skills in a range of specialised techniques.
Stuart Pearce, Midlands area sales manager for voestalpine Bohler Welding UK, said: “We appreciate that the time and investment needed to develop the next generation of welders is vitally important to the region and are therefore happy to offer our vast resource of knowledge and expertise free of charge to students and staff at the college.”
Andy Cartwright, head of school for technology at the college, said: “We are extremely grateful to all three companies for their generous donations which will allow us to offer more specialised training and enable our students to develop the industry-standard skills that employers are looking for.”
The new equipment was handed over to students by representatives from the supply companies at a presentation in the college’s welding workshop on Tuesday 10 March.
City of Wolverhampton College offers a range of courses for people living in Wolverhampton, Bilston, Walsall, Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Bridgnorth, Sandwell and the wider West Midlands area. These include full and part-time qualifications, day and evening courses, A Levels, apprenticeships, traineeships, university- level courses such as HNCs, HNDs and foundation degrees, and short courses for the unemployed.