Welders of the future will be crafted with college help
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