Programme welds together talent and need

Future Skills Academy Manukau is launching its’ National Certificate in Welding Level 3 Programme’ this month.

The Programme offers theoretical knowledge and skills in welding safety; measurement; use of hand and power tools; sketching and reading drawings; welding theory for steel, stainless steel and aluminium; thermal cutting processes; and welding quality assurance.

Critical qualification

Future Skills welding tutor Phil Osmand said that the Programme is a critical starting qualification for people wishing to pursue a career in welding.

“It prepares learners to be productive in the use of basic welding techniques in industry,” he said.

The Academy is experienced in engineering and welding trade training after offering students the Level 1 and Level 2 National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Fabrication) the past two years.

“We are very excited to launch our level 3 Welding Course in Manukau. The demand for qualified welders is very high. The Auckland building industry is growing rapidly and our graduates will be work ready,” Mr Osmand said.

“We have contributed over 30 new Level 2 Mechanical Engineers to the New Zealand workforce and we will aim to produce at least 40 qualified welders each year”, he added.

New Workshop

Future Skills has built a new welding workshop featuring a Viking Extraction system and high quality Esseti Xcel-Arc welding equipment.

“Our graduates will be competent to work in a welding environment and be productive in manual cutting and down-hand welding techniques including metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding,”  Mr Osmand said.

The Welding Level 3 qualification leads to the National Certificate in Welding (Level 4), which covers more complex welding positions, and pipe welding.

It may also lead to the National Certificate in Engineering- Fabrication (level 4) with strands in Heavy Fabrication, Light Fabrication, and Steel Construction.

Open invitation

Mr Osmand invites employers to call the Future Skills welding department to negotiate the placement of as-available or newly graduated students.

He enjoys working with the men and women in his class.

“They are people who want to learn, they really get into the programme, and are self-motivated to be here,” he said.

Impressive growth

Future Skills Training Academy is a Foundation Education Leader based in Manukau, Auckland. Established in 2001, it has grown from humble beginnings as a youth training provider and now offers a range of both free and fee paying programmes for both youth and adults.

The Academy is dedicated to improving the lives of others through education and committed to quality training. It offers a highly welcoming environment where students get generous teaching support from tutors.

The Institute is increasingly being recognised.

In August 2013, an NZQA evaluation of the organisation, staff and its practice rated it ‘Category 1 Education Provider, the highest category, saying  that it is ‘highly confident in the educational performance of Future Skills.’

Some course graduates opt to continue their studies, others take up apprenticeships, and some go directly into work.

The above material was supplied by Future Skills Academy, Manukau.

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