About Us

Foundation Matched-Funding

The Weldability Sif Foundation is a charity, registered in the UK (#1142419), which was formed in 2012 with the specific objective of facilitating an increase in the provision of vocational welder training at FE colleges, UTCs, universities, schools and academies across the UK and Ireland.


In order to achieve this objective, The Weldability Sif Foundation makes a series of grant payments to institutions each year, by way of matched-funding, against capital equipment purchases and ongoing curriculum delivery costs. Centres operating ‘welding studios’  which deliver vocational welder training courses meeting the required criteria are able to submit applications for grants annually over a five year programme.


Since its inception, The Weldability Sif Foundation has supported over 30 institutions in commencing – or expanding – their provision for welder training. These ‘welding studios’ have subsequently delivered over 16,000 welding qualifications, to the suite of Awards, Certificates or Diplomas developed by EAL (Semta) in partnership with The Weldability Sif Foundation.


If your college, school, UTC or academy is planning or reviewing its welding course provision, why not enquire whether The Weldability Sif Foundation is able to offer assistance?




Making commitments

The Weldability Sif Foundation, The Welding Institute (TWI) and the Association of Welding Distribution (AWD) have made five major commitments to the industry in order to train and educate a new generation of high integrity welders. These include:

  • Developing cutting-edge classroom-based training tools such as e-Learning and the VirtUweld  Virtual Welding Simulator system that are NOS mapped to the qualifications and supported with a detailed workbook.
  • The introduction of six relevant Foundation level 1 qualifications leading to two level 2 Apprenticeships and additional qualifications at level 3, fully funded from the QCF and supported with additional bursary funding from the Foundation.
  • Establishing a clear ‘Welding Qualification and  Career Pathway’
  • Linking skilled welders with employers.


The partnership has so far helped 15 colleges to launch a suite of seven distinct new EAL qualifications to ensure welders are coming through to seal the gap. By supporting industry in this way, EAL is also providing opportunities for learners of all ages to enter into a fulfilling career.

An EAL recognised partner



Jonathan Burrage, Foundation Trustee:


"With major build programmes rolling-out in the renewable and sustainable energy markets, there are significant fabrication and skills challenges to overcome in ensuring the required level of quality is delivered.


It has been predicted that the nuclear build programme alone will create some 20,000 new jobs within the UK economy and it has been recognised that there is a skills gap that needs to be filled if the full benefits to UK industry are to be gained."


Jonathan is the Managing Director of Weldability Sif and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation Charity.


Once the fundamentals of welding have been grasped using the eLearning fabrication and  welding tutorial and muscle memory has been established with the VirtUweld  welding simulator, the candidate is ready to move into a workshop for some practical welding. A physical welding workshop will present a range of welding and thermal cutting equipment to put learners real life welding skills to test.


Training providers who are not equipped to deliver the EAL welder qualifications may be able to receive support from the Weldability Sif Foundation.


The Weldability Sif Foundation may be able to co-fund the initial installation of a training studio within your facility allowing you to provide learners with the environment they need to develop their practical skills. We can help you procure the necessary equipment - from markers to MIG welders and assistance is available to offer advice on the best package to suit you.


Once students have gained some experience,  career opportunities could move towards welding supervision, design and inspection or lecturing. It is also possible to branch out into technical sales, marketing and production arrangement roles.



Developing skills and career pathways

Download the career pathway


The Technology & Training Centre

The Technology & Training Centre, located within our headquarters in Letchworth Garden City represents a facility for modern welder training and the development of new welding technologies. If you are a college and keen to find out more, regarding the Weldability Sif Foundation and welder skills training courses, we encourage you to take a full guided tour of our world class training facility.

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Peters House, The Orbital Centre, Icknield Way, Letchworth Garden City,  Hertfordshire SG6 1ET

Tel: +44 (0)1462 482200 Email: foundation@weldability-sif.org


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