Welding in Welwyn is now on the cards for local students thanks to the opening of a brand new centre for welding at Oaklands College, paid for with funding from Hertfordshire LEP and Weldability Sif Foundation.

The brand new dedicated welding training suite houses six welding bays, kitted out with industry-standard equipment plus fully-immersive virtual welding equipment providing a complete 'Virtual Learning Environment' which allows students to train digitally and safely before undertaking the real thing.

The new centre will support the College’s existing courses such as Engineering as well as supporting those working on the newly launched welding Apprenticeships. The College also plans to offer short introductory welding qualifications for individuals looking to start a career in welding or gain additional skills.

Representatives from both parties and a host of invited guests from the local community came to celebrate the centre’s opening, led by Rob Case, Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills & Employment Manager Norman Jennings and Welwyn Hatfield Mayor Cllr Pat Mabbott, joined by Oaklands Principal and Chief Executive, Zoe Hancock.

Norman Jennings, Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills and Employment Manager, said:

“We are delighted to see the new welder training facility up and running and being used by students at the College. A key part of our Strategic Economic Plan is to ensure the current and future workforce has the skills to meet local employers’ needs. We look forward to the centre equipping people with the technical skills required to secure employment in the welding industry for many years to come.”

Read the full press release here.