Specialised welding Training Academy with state of the art facilities, dedicated in providing industry level training and innovation.
In winter 2021, WEC are unveiling a specialised welding training academy with state of the art facilities, dedicated in providing industry level training and innovation. The brand new, fully equipped training centre based in Blackburn, Lancashire will give young adults the opportunity to be taught by engineering expertise. Welding and fabrication courses now available, including apprenticeships. Providing young adults with the opportunity to learn in one of the world’s top training academies, by some of the UK’s leading mechanical expertise and receive nationally recognised qualifications.
Our five year apprenticeship schemes with the Group trains individuals between the ages of 16-24. Our apprentices have constant access to state-of-the-art equipment five days a week, enabling them to learn and utilise the most modern practices and techniques whilst mixing with our existing staff to get a real taste for the workplace. Our training courses are designed to challenge you regardless of your level of knowledge.
Over the first 12 months of the program, apprentices spend five days full time in the Academy to learn different types of welding, fabrication, sheet metalwork and CNC machining whilst applying their new found skills to engineering projects. Gaining key skills including; critical thinking, problem solving, checking and evaluating.
Following their initial 12 months, apprentices are deployed to a specialist division within WEC Group to spend four days on the shop floor and one day at college to provide them with the academic knowledge they need to pursue a successful career in engineering.
Our Training & Development Manager, Kris Mercer, is just one of 50 globally recognised CSWIP certified Master Welding Instructors, and our Training Academy is one of only a few TWI (The Welding Institute) certified welder training centres in the North West. To ensure that you leave our training centre with confidence in this craft, we insist on a high level of training from our expert tutors, who are committed to your development and success. Dedicated to maintaining a supporting environment for all students.
Our Academy is one of only a few TWI (The Welding Institute) certified welder training centres in the North West, and our Training and Development Manager is a CSWIP certified welder instructor and examiner which ensures our apprentices are trained to the highest international standards. The Academy has also recently achieved the Skills & Education Group Awards Centre Recognition Certification, meaning that the new facility will now be able to provide level 1-3 Engineering qualifications.
Apprenticeships are at the heart of our continued growth and success. The WEC Group Training Academy is determined to support our students in their needs, skills and ambitions. Our purpose is to grow the local community and support the industry in any way we possibly can.
Please visit our Apprenticeship & Training page for more information.