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South East Asia Skills Enhancement Programme - SEASEP

Upskilling in Welding and Inspection to Improve Safety

TWI and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), a leading UK-based charity which supports activities relating to the safety of life and property across the globe, have launched an international vocational training initiative to upskill people in south and east Asia countries with specific focus on improving safety standards in the work environment.

TWI and LRF have a longstanding and very successful relationship. The South East Asia Skills Enhancement Programme (SEASEP) is a further exciting opportunity to deliver a programme with international impact, tackle in-country skills shortages and reduce occupational fatalities by bringing engineering-related skills and education to disadvantaged and under-represented groups in various parts of the world.

Training is suitable for individuals seeking to gain employment through upskilling or furthering their career in current employment. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

SEASEP aims to make a significant contribution to the reduction of high rates of accidental workplace fatalities in South East Asian countries by:

  • Developing a sustainable programme that builds capability and capacity to safely operate and maintain critical infrastructure, and
  • Enhancing the skills of the workforce by providing access to quality, engineering-related training and education



Worldwide it is estimated that annually there are 340 million workplace accidents. Asian countries’ construction industries account for a disproportionately high number of both non-fatal and fatal incidents.

The rapid expansion of SE Asian economies and populations is fuelling massive infrastructure spending across SE Asia and consequently construction work is booming. Furthermore, this convulsive increase will drive the region’s recovery from the Covid-19 downturn. Unchecked, a major increase in workplace accidents will result, dramatically worsening an already grave situation.

Long-held and endemic high rates of construction industry fatalities, combined with what will almost certainly result from the increase in construction projects across the SE Asia region sets both the context and need for the SEASEP programme. 


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The Impact of SEASEP project

The International Labour Organisation (ILO), has identified three direct causes of accidental workplace deaths:

  • Poor or no safety culture

  • Lack of research into health and safety due to poor data available

  • Absence of effective health and safety training

SEASEP addresses these issues directly. It aims to improve skills and reduce occupational fatalities by bringing engineering-related skills and education to disadvantaged and under-represented groups. Training in disciplines such as inspection and safety related courses, in accordance with international standards will enable buildings, bridges, pressure vessels, pipelines etc. to be built and operated more safely throughout their service life.

Almost 3700 students across Indonesia and India will have completed their initial examination on completion of Phase 1 of SEASEP initiative and with the initiation of the Phase 2 of the initiative, training and upskilling opportunities will be presented to the nationals of Thailand and Philippines as well.

SEASEP’s first phase activities have mostly focussed on creating a critical mass of qualified competent personnel. Combined with ‘train the trainer’ and the alumni network, SEASEP is creating a network that will propagate the skills/competence/safety culture within their employers and provide a solid foundation for the more strategic impacts that a second phase will bring, namely leverage and sustainability. 

The SEASEP programme’s outcomes of improving skills, competence and safety can be viewed as factors that over time enable an appropriate health and safety culture to take root, not just among individuals and companies but also broadly across industries, governments and other agencies. Rather than having a direct cause and effect, the first phase activities of SEASEP can claim some credible attribution to the advancement of workplace health and safety. 


SEASEP Phase 2

With the launch of Phase 2 of SEASEP, the programme will be delivered in Indonesia, India, Thailand and Philippines. Subsidies and partial bursaries  are available to nationals of the participating countries who wish to pursue a career in Welding, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Occupational Health and Safety (HSE), Blasting and Painting, and Plant Inspection.

Bursaries/subsidies are awarded to candidates who meet the training course entry requirements.

Any remaining course fees should be paid by the individual, their employer, government schemes (eg apprenticeships), other national or international charities.

The training is ideal if you are seeking to gain employment through upskilling or furthering their career in current employment. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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