If you're an employer in Sheffield and need to recruit welders read on - Welding World magazine November 2021 - Magazine - Page 16
If you're an employer in Sheffield and need to recruit welders read on
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IF YOU’RE AN EMPLOYER IN SHEFFIELD AND NEED
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In our August Edition we heard from Gary
Gwynne, Managing Director of Betterweld
Group Ltd in Derby. In that article Gary set
out in detail how his company Betterweld
is working with London based Free2Learn
Ltd to provide training opportunities for
unemployed people to learn to weld and
to help provide supported routes into
training with ongoing employment.
Between the two organisations Gary
is delighted to announce the launch of
a welding training scheme directed at
the Sheffield City Region and Yorkshire.
Between November 2021 and August
2022, £1million of funding is going to be
spent on the delivery of level 2 Welding
and Engineering training courses.
Unemployed people will be transported
free of charge from South Yorkshire to
Betterweld’s training centre in Derby
to complete a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in
Performing Engineering Operations.
The qualification is made up of 6 units
• Working safely in an engineering
• Working efficiently in an engineering
• Using and communication engineering
Plus any 3 from the following 4 units:
• Thermal cutting and gouging
• Manual Metal Arc Welding
• Using semi-automatic MIG/MAGS welding
• TIG welding
As well as completing the NVQ
qualification the students will be coded
weld tested to BSEN 9606-1 for each of the
welding units they chose to learn.
That’s quite an offer……these people will
leave with a developing skill set and will
be ready to work and continue their career
As reported the engineering and
manufacturing sector is devoid of skilled
and qualified staff, with shortages and
skills gaps widely reported throughout the
This training scheme will provide
committed people with a known skill set
that want to work in the welding sector.
As an employer there’s never been a better
opportunity to recruit trained staff.
Engage with this programme now by
contacting Gary directly:
email@example.com or give him a
call 07484 883363 alternatively you
can email Free2Learn’s Employer
Engagement Officer, Lesley Wolf:
Commenting on the programme Gary said:
“We have got £1million of government
funding to use in the Sheffield City
region and South Yorkshire to deliver
Level 2 training in welding skills for that
population, to start to introduce the skills
and get some new people into the industry
who have been properly trained.
“The key to the success of the project for
everyone concerned is employers who are
prepared to give these people a chance
of the destination of work once they have
completed their training.
“We know there is s skill shortage out
there, so for all the people coming along
we say come on Yorkshire let’s put these
people into work after training and
continue their development. It’s good for
output and good for continuity.
“Our course starts in the first week of
November, using a number of methods to
remove the barriers for those who come.
Indeed we will pay for a minibus to pick up
and drop off people everyday so they can
engage with us so that travel costs are not
an issue for them. We really want to get
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the unemployed trained at no extra cost to
them on a daily basis.
“The key to the success of the programme
is destination, there is just no point
training people to weld for sake of it and
not going into the industry.
“We want to engage with them and do the
very best that we can with an NVQ level
two diploma in performing engineering
operations. They have to show they can
work safely in an industrial environment
with relevant health and safety training
and understand how being part of an
engineering process is part of a team
which has to work effectively in an
“Those studying also have to learn how to
use and interpret engineering drawings
and weld specifications. We will teach
them how to use Oxy fuel gas cutting
equipment and then they can choose to do
2 of 3 welding processes.
- MIG/MAG welding
- Manual metal art
- TIG welding
“Part of the process means that at the
end they will be coded welders and they
should be certificated to BSEN 9606 and
able to do a range of welded joints as part
“We are developing vocational capabilities
and enhancing their skill set by becoming
coded welders which is a cost saving for
companies as well a major benefit to
getting people into work,” said Gary. ■