For 30 years the Eastern Counties Branch of The Welding Institute has held an annual golf day with fifteen of them being held at the Bungay and Waveney Valley Golf Club. The weather was good while storms raged in the surrounding area. It was a good day too for the East Anglia's Children's Hospice* as fund raising reached £800 now totalling £18,000. Generous sponsorship came from: P Grubb, G Bulmer, R Butcher and J Weston Golf clubs, Thetford, Lakeside Lodge, Royal Cromer, Newmarket and Bungay & Waveney Valley Companies Lings of Lowestoft Honda & Mitsubishi, Weldability-SIF, Global Signs & Engraving, Lake & Nicholls Engineering, Anglia Design & Fabrication, TWI and of course the Players. The supporting cast included Staff of the Golf Club, Ray Butcher, George Bulmer, John Weston and with special thanks, Ben Thompson from Lings, who presented the prizes. The major prize winners were: • I Hogg, Team Cowboys won the Ken Larwood Memorial Salver • W Smith, Team Indians from Royal Cromer won, the Weldability-SIF Challenge Cup handicap • R Harris, Team Quantrill Raiders won the Elga Challenge Cup handicap 20 to 28 • C Punshon, N Bagshaw & S McCaldin of the TWI III team won the AM Golfers Team Trophy. • T Davies, W Smith, F Smith of the Indians team defended and won the PM TWI Team Trophy Ray Butcher recognised long term support with a Loyalty Award to Chris Punshon. Other tests included: Nearest the Pin won by P Fisher, Team Cowboys A Straightest Drive won by N Bagshaw, Team TWI III Longest Drive won by W Smith, Team Indians. Best Blind Hole Score won by P Fisher, Team Cowboys A After 30 years at the event players were pleased to have the fine, but not too hot, weather and a challenging course in good condition and to be so well looked after by both Course and Restaurant staff. It proved a most enjoyable day. *East Anglia's Children's Hospice EACH is a registered charity which exists to maximise the quality of life for life-limited children and their families. For further information see www.each.org.uk.
Weldability Sif has been working in partnership with youth charity The Prince's Trust to deliver the first ever ‘Get Into Welding’ programme based in Hertfordshire. Ten young people aged 18 to 25 who are unemployed or facing barriers to employment were given the opportunity to build their skills and enhance their career opportunities within the welding industry. A two week programme provided the students with an EAL accredited level 1 MIG welding qualification and workshops to help them develop key employability skills. This will help to kick start a path for ongoing training in TIG, MMA, positional, stainless and aluminium welding within employer-oriented apprenticeships. Jessica Maher, a student who recently completed the ‘Get Into Welding’ level 1 MIG course said: “I enjoyed the practical tasks and learning a new skill. I found that this course has given me an in-depth understanding of the initial stages of welding”. Many of the students found the course was likely to lead them towards further study and a potential career within the industry. Josh Fox received his certificate for completing his level 1 MIG course and said: “The course was good fun and very enjoyable. I could definitely see myself as a welder in the future.” Paul Savage, Welding Tutor at Weldability Sif was impressed with the desire and teamwork of the students during the two week course. He said: “This group has been great to be around, a reminder that insecurities and doubt can all be overcome. They have all supported each other in ways you would not have imagined possible at the beginning of the course. These young people have boundless levels of enthusiasm and energy. Helping to channel this into learning a new skill and seeing their progress is so rewarding”. Adrian Hawkins, Chairman of Weldability Sif, helped to bring the programme together. Upon completion of the first ever ‘Get Into Welding’ partnership with The Prince’s Trust, Adrian said: The work undertaken by The Prince’s Trust is truly excellent in that they try to inspire young people to find their own way in life. As you can see our recent group had a fun time and there are truly great employment opportunities for High Integrity Welders worldwide. Our arrangements at our training centre is merely the first step towards a rewarding and well paid career in the Welding Industry and hopefully these young people will go on to a Weldability Sif Foundation training school across the UK to develop further. We are grateful to The Prince’s Trust for showing such support to our Industry in this way. John O’Reilly, Director for The Prince’s Trust in Central England said, “We know that most young people are motivated to get into work and often just need a chance to prove their worth. We are delighted to work with Weldability Sif to provide young people with the tools they need to kick start their careers and be successful in their lives.” Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, this year The Trust is celebrating 40 years of supporting 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Find out more about welder training available from Weldability Sif by visiting www.learn-to-weld.com
Weldability-Sif have opened of a new Foundation level welder training facility at West Herts College. This is part of the ongoing strategy from the Weldability-Sif Foundation Charity to pro-actively encourage the development of new welder training facilities across the UK. The dedicated welding training suite complete with 10 fully equipped welding bays, eLearning studio and new virtual reality welding hub was opened by Adrian Hawkins, Weldability-Sif Foundation Director and Trustee, along with West Herts College Principal Gill Worgan. West Herts College is one of 29 colleges, who have already agreed to provide training facilities funded by the Foundation Charity, which will be co-funding welder training facilities at colleges over the next five years, Adrian said: “The Weldability-Sif Foundation was established and registered as a charity to specifically encourage the development of new welder training facilities across the UK. Welding plays an important role in manufacturing and is used in a multitude of different industries including food processing, quarrying, shipping, as well as energy and UK infrastructure industries. Welding plays an active part in keeping it all together and Foundation level welder skills training at West Herts College is another step towards a full apprenticeship programme designed to meet demand and overcome the current skills shortage in the UK welding industry.” Gill Worgan, Principal, West Herts College, said: “Today’s welding industry urgently requires professionals with a high-level of technical ability. These skills can only be developed in partnership with leading employer-foundations like Weldability-Sif. By working together, we can offer innovative teaching in state-of-the-art facilities. It’s about inspiring the next generation of professional welders, for a sector central to the success of the UK economy.” West Herts College provides training and education to more than 4,000 young people, plus adults of many ages and at many stages of their careers. Based in South West Hertfordshire, the College specialises in occupational and vocational skills - developing people for work in priority sectors across the region and beyond.
Extractability - a division of Weldability Sif has launched a new catalogue showcasing a range of complete extraction solutions for dust, fume and vapours. The catalogue has been produced to act as a practical reference document and an inspiring guide to improving workplaces and reducing environmental impact. Extractability are proud to provide products and services that contribute to reducing the environmental impacts from industrial production and help to create safe and clean working environments. Download the new Extractability Catalogue.
Weldability-Sif unveiled a new Foundation level welder training facility at Riseholme College. This is part of the ongoing strategy from the Weldability-Sif Foundation Charity to pro-actively encourage the development of new welder training facilities across the UK. The dedicated welding training suite complete with fully equipped welding bays, eLearning studio and new virtual reality welding hub was opened by Adrian Hawkins, Weldability-Sif Foundation Director & Trustee, along with Bill Meredith, Deputy Principal, at Riseholme College. Riseholme College is one of 26 colleges, who have already agreed to provide training facilities funded by the Foundation Charity, which will be co-funding welder training facilities at colleges over the next five years. Adrian Hawkins, Foundation Director & Trustee, said: “The Weldability-Sif Foundation was established and registered as a charity to specifically encourage the development of new welder training facilities across the UK. Welding plays an important role in manufacturing and is used in a multitude of different industries including food processing, quarrying, shipping, as well as energy and UK infrastructure industries. Foundation level welder skills training at Riseholme College is another step towards a full apprenticeship programme designed to meet demand and overcome the current skills shortage in the sector.” Bill Meredith, Deputy Principal, Riseholme College, said: “We are delighted by the support offered by the Weldability-Sif Foundation in developing state-of-the-art welding facilities at our all-new campus which is situated on the Lincolnshire Showground. Our students will be able to develop their welding skills to the standard required by industry and this will open up exciting career opportunities in the engineering, manufacturing and renewables sectors.” Riseholme College is the premier land-based college in the UK’s most important agricultural county, situated in the centre of Lincolnshire. Riseholme College specialises in further and higher education courses in agriculture, engineering, horticulture, animal and equine. Both full-time and work-based programmes have been developed to meet the demands of the rapidly changing rural economy.
This will be the third visit to the MACH Exhibition for Weldability Sif after successfully exhibiting in 2012 and 2014. For 2016 Weldability Sif has gone all out to be even bigger and better with a larger stand and brand new product lines. This year will see the distinct new Sifweld range of welding machines, as well as the latest Virtual Welding simulators and Fume Extraction systems. The SifWeld equipment range meets the most demanding needs of professional applications in a variety of welding environments. Weldability Sif have developed the SifWeld series to include multi-process, inverter-based power sources that can meet different requirements, including higher energy efficiency to keep running costs lower compared to traditional equipment. From within the Welding World village, Weldability Sif will be showcasing the brand new Virtuweld VR system which has been developed and designed to offer advanced simulation of MIG and Stick welding applications. This new welding educational tool will provide the necessary training of under-pinning techniques related to MIG and STICK welding, within a safe virtual environment. The Virtuweld VR promotes the effective transfer of welding skills to a live welding environment while reducing the cost of classroom and workshop consumables such as metal and gas. Weldability Sif are also pleased to present brand new fume extraction solutions from Sif, including the SifVac and SifGun Fume Extraction Torch which enables extraction of over 95% of fumes at source, benefiting the health of both welders and their colleagues in the workplace. From the Extractability division of Weldability Sif, their most popular mobile fume extractor - the ProtectoXtract - will be on show and is now more advanced and customisable than ever before. The new optional additions of a top-mountable welding & grinding table and a spark arrestor kit allows for further portable functionality and gives customers a complete, modular fume extraction system. Weldability Sif look forward to seeing you in Hall 4 on stand 4901, within the Welding World village. For further info, visit the Weldability Sif MACH 2016 exhibitor page at http://www.machexhibition.com.