The IIW/EWF Diploma in Welding graduation, on Thursday 17th January in Great Abington, Cambridge, was the first ceremony to be held to mark this challenging achievement. The graduates each received a beautiful, engraved crystal trophy prism, which was presented by Graham Wylde, Associate Director, and David Bage, Diploma Programme Manager. As Graham noted in his speech "You have all worked so hard for this day and richly deserve our congratulations."
TWI now trains over 15,000 students each year around the world in welding, engineering, non-destructive testing and welding. The IIW/EWF Diploma in Welding provides a crucial qualification for those individuals who will be responsible for welding operations within industry. It's an internationally recognised certification supported by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) and the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) for assessing the competence of tasks and responsibilities during welding coordination (BS EN ISO 14731). TWI has been running this course since 1993 and since then almost 740 engineers have graduated along with 450 each of technologists and specialists.
Phil Hughes, one of the graduates present on the day had travelled all the way from Sandbach in Cheshire with his wife, despite difficult driving conditions and thick snow. Phil commented that the diploma was a well-known and internationally recognised qualification, and an excellent step in his career. As someone who worked all over the world, this qualification would give him more credibility in the fabrication industry and instil confidence in his customers. He said "The lecturers were incredibly professional and knowledgeable, they pitched the course at exactly the right level, which is a challenge given the different experience levels and ages of the candidates." Phil said he was also keen to carry on and do the Welding Inspection course, to gain even more recognition of his competencies.
Roy Rowlands from the Wirrel in Merseyside also braved the elements and a long drive to attend the event. He commented on what a fantastic idea the graduation was, and formal recognition and reward for the candidates after 3 hard years of study. It also gave the graduates a chance to catch up with the friends they had made during the course. Roy said "I'd recommend Studying at TWI to anyone - we had no end of support and advice and we still do now even after we have graduated. I've become very good friends with many people here at TWI and I hope that relationship continues."
For more information please contact the training school or David Bage