Weld­ing com­pany seals tie-up with UTC Leeds

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FOCUS ON SMES -

A METAL fab­ri­ca­tor is sup­port­ing young engi­neers as part of a new part­ner­ship with a Univer­sity Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (UTC).

Leeds Weld­ing Com­pany (LWC) is fund­ing the laser cut­ting of the raw ma­te­ri­als to en­able stu­dents to man­u­fac­ture an en­gi­neer’s tool­box as part of the en­gi­neer­ing up­skilling mod­ule of their course at UTC Leeds.

The part­ner­ship will also see stu­dents get­ting to see be­hind the scenes at the com­pany with a site tour and talks to meet the com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial as­pects of their learn­ing.

Richard Ea­glen, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor from LWC, said: “We are proud to be work­ing with UTC Leeds to help the engi­neers of the fu­ture. As a lo­cal busi­ness it is im­por­tant for us to be sup­port­ing lo­cal tal­ent.

“The stu­dents, as part of their site visit, will be able to see and un­der­stand how a state-of-the-art en­gi­neer­ing com­pany works com­mer­cially, spend­ing time in all de­part­ments and see­ing how pro­gres­sive tech­nol­ogy such as ro­bots and lasers are used, in what is gen­er­ally seen as a tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“Th­ese are ex­cit­ing times for en­gi­neer­ing and we are sure the stu­dents will be in­spired by what they see and hope­fully will get a vi­sion for how they can se­cure a pros­per­ous fu­ture in man­u­fac­tur­ing.”

Em­ployer de­mand for skilled work­ers is on the in­crease, with the need for en­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tices and grad­u­ates ex­pected to dou­ble over the com­ing years.

Mr Ea­glen said: “As the de­mand for skilled work­ers is on the in­crease, LWC has the vi­sion to stay close to stu­dents and start work­ing with them at the be­gin­ning of their train­ing, en­sur­ing a lifeblood of tal­ent for the fu­ture of en­gi­neer­ing. This com­bi­na­tion of aca­demic ex­cel­lence and vo­ca­tional train­ing en­sures stu­dents stand out from the crowd as they take their first steps in the pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer­ing world.”

Mark Kennedy, prin­ci­pal at UTC Leeds, said: “The re­la­tion­ships that we have with em­ploy­ers un­der­pin ev­ery­thing we do, and en­able our stu­dents to de­velop high-level tech­ni­cal skills that boost their ca­reer and univer­sity prospects. We are de­lighted to launch a new part­ner­ship with Leeds Weld­ing Com­pany, and to help train the next gen­er­a­tion of their work­force.”

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