The Welding Institute is proud to support apprenticeships and their ability to develop capable individuals into having successful careers within the engineering industry.
What is National Apprenticeship Week?
National Apprenticeship Week is an annual week where apprenticeships and apprentices are celebrated and recognised throughout England. It looks at the successes and inspirational stories of apprentices and enables employers to promote the benefits of employing apprentices.
As one of the members of a number of ‘Trailblazer Employer Groups,’ The Welding Institute is able to encourage the current and future development of trailblazer standards including the:
- Pipe Welder Apprenticeship Standard
- Plate Welder Apprenticeship Standard
- The Nuclear Welder Inspection Technician Standard
The Importance of Apprenticeships:
Apprenticeships are beneficial to both the apprentice and the employer. They are an excellent opportunity for apprentices to get into a career that they are interested in whilst gaining official qualifications (which will later help them progress once their apprenticeship has been completed).
At the same time apprenticeships allow employers to gain a dedicated employee who will be gaining industry knowledge and qualifications at the same time, which in turn will be utilised within their work.
It is vital that we encourage individuals to pursue a career in engineering due to the need and demand to fill future engineering jobs. Engineers play an incredibly important role within society, and The Welding Institute are dedicated to inspiring people to take on this career path. The Welding Institute’s Younger Member Network is dedicated to representing the interests of younger members, and developing the next generation of engineers. Members of the network promote the importance Professional Registration and Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Members who are also STEM Ambassadors participate in STEM outreach activities at primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.