3 February 2017

With engineering being one of Britain’s strongest industries, ABC Awards see more and more Centre’s across the UK delivering our Fabrication and Welding qualifications, starting from a Level 1 Certificate for those in school, right through to Level 3 Diplomas at further and higher education colleges.

A recent report from engineeringuk.com stated:

“Over 27% of total UK GDP is generated by engineering, amounting to £445.6bn and turnover for engineering has grown by 3.4% to £1.21tn. Employment in engineering has grown to over 5.5 million and the industry now supports 14.5 million jobs overall.”

At ABC Awards we offer learners regulated qualifications to get them on the right route to careers in engineering, welding and manufacturing. As well as teaching and assessing technical knowledge, our qualifications also deliver self-discipline, communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team, which we feel is a key skill to have when joining a workplace. ABC Awards Levels 2 and 3 qualifications in Fabrication and Welding are also recognised as the knowledge component of Apprenticeships in England and Wales.

We recently talked with Ray Peet, a Career Pathway Leader, at our Showcase Centre Chesterfield College. Ray talked about the recent success of his Fabrication and Welding student Joe Oakes:

“After completing an ABC Awards Level 2 in Fabrication and Welding, Joe progressed onto an ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding, which led him onto a successful trial at Glapwell Contracting Services where he achieved his apprenticeship.

“Joe now attends the Level 3 apprenticeship programme one day per week and has excelled and exceeded his company expectations. Joe decided to undertake an additional welding unit to further develop his skills and expand his knowledge in welding and fabrication. Joe settles for nothing less than distinction grades in all units and went onto achieve one of the highest marks in the country for the ABC Awards Science and Calculations unit external examination last year.

“Joe’s progression in Fabrication and Welding shows how easy it can be when the right kind of learning, support and progression route is available to learners wanting to succeed in this sector”.

Although engineering is a strong industry in the UK, more needs to be done to inspire and excite the next generation through user-friendly methods of training, assessment and knowledge to support them on their journey to employment. The Welding Institute recently stated:

“There is currently a need for skilled welders and welding engineers in the United Kingdom and around the world. Job prospects and financial rewards are good, dependent on the level of skill attained. Welding is certainly an exciting career choice with many different types of opportunity.”

Our qualifications in Fabrication and Welding have been specifically developed with that in mind, and like Joe, we have the ability to support any learner, at any stage of their development and lead them into this growing sector.

If you are interested in offering these qualifications, or to find out more about our engineering offer, please click here. Alternatively please call our Centre Support team on 0115 854 1620 who will be happy to help with any enquiries.