Welders of the fu­ture will be crafted with col­lege help

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THE welders of the fu­ture are to be trained for the needs of firms in Lis­burn and Castlereagh.

The area’s coun­cil has joined with Lis­burn firms Fabrite, Spence En­gi­neer­ing, Span­wall, KME Steel­works and En­vi­ron­men­tal Fabri­ca­tions to re­cruit and train en­gi­neers for weld­ing and fabri­ca­tion.

And the firms also carry out ser­vices such as light façade work and heavy plate and struc­tural steel­work.

They have now joined Lis­burn and Castlereagh City Coun­cil to de­velop a three-year en­gi­neer­ing and fabri­ca­tion ap­pren­tice­ship aimed at over-16s — ev­ery­one from school leavers to those look­ing for a ca­reer change.

Trevor Breadon, SERC head of com­put­ing and en­gi­neer­ing, said: “The course has been in­tro­duced amid the in­creas­ing de­mand for welders and fab­ri­ca­tors in North­ern Ire­land.

“As an ac­cred­ited weld­ing train­ing cen­tre, we have the lat­est weld­ing and fabri­ca­tion equip­ment re­quired to train the next gen­er­a­tion of en­gi­neers and I would urge any­one who is in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing to ap­ply.” He said the aim was to “match the skills of the work­force with the skills em­ploy­ers need”.

From left, Trevor Breadon of SERC, Kenny Mcaleenon from Fabrite, Paul Spence of Spence En­gi­neer­ing, Daryl Fe­gan of KME Steel­works, Steven Hack­ett, En­vi­ron­men­tal Fabri­ca­tion, Han­nah Hanna of Span­wall, Allan Ewart of Lis­burn and Castlereagh Coun­cil and Ken Webb of SERC

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