Welding company seals tie-up with UTC Leeds
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.”