The Welding Institute’s Northumbria Branch were on hand to promote careers in welding at a special careers day at Newcastle College’s Energy Academy.
The event, which took place on 16 May, was aimed at further and higher education students studying engineering, and included a range of activities designed to improve employability skills and increase awareness of different career paths.
Graeme Hill, the Curriculum Leader at the Energy Academy, invited the Northumbria Branch to attend and promote the Welding Institute and careers in welding.
The Northumbria Branch, in turn, organised for EWM, a Morpeth-based welding equipment manufacturer, to bring a Soldamatic virtual welding simulator for the students to try.
The virtual welding simulation was well-received by students and staff alike, with those who had tried welding before commenting on how realistic it was as well as how much of an impact this technology could have on the future of welder training.
The day included a virtual welding competition, with the winner getting an impressive score of 96 out of 100 and taking home the prize of a welding screen.
Aside from the practical aspects of the day, the students were given information about The Welding Institute, the role of the Welding Institute’s branches, and the importance of CPD for career growth and progression.
Overall, the day was a success, garnering positive feedback from both staff and students, while there is little doubt that some of the students will now be considering a career in welding.
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