Keighley College has now received accreditation from the Welding Institute (TWI – http://www.theweldinginstitute.com/) to run codded welding at Keighley. TWI are widely regarded as the best in the World in their field and are recognised by many of the largest engineering companies. This is all about higher level skills and was driven by the employer board of the College’s Industrial Centre of Excellence.
Successful accreditation has involved investment in training for the staff and a very thorough audit and the College are delighted to have passed. This accreditation will allow the College to deliver welder training and certification to BS EN287 and BS 48752 in addition to Welding Procedures and Welding Inspector training. Many fabrication companies report that their clients are demanding that welder are coded and it is also a pre-requisite for fabrication companies who are wishing to be ISO accredited, so a real example of the college responding to employer needs.
Keighley College currently has 15 welding bays offering Mig, Tig, Stick and Manual Metal Arc, Oxy-Acetylene cutting & welding, Brazing and Soldering. The facility is fast requiring a national reputation with students coming from as far away as Suffolk and demand is such that plans are afoot to increase the size facility over the coming year. The department has recently begun to take on some commercial fabrication work, allowing students to work on real jobs, giving them a better understanding of quality, cost and delivery and in effect creating work experience while still within the college.
We are delighted to announce that Keighley College has now received accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) for our Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme run through our Industrial Centre of Excellence. This followed a strict audit by iMechE and means that the centre is one of a select group of training organisations who’s students get free access to a range of support including:
- Supported access to the world’s largest engineering library sited at Institute of Mechanical Engineers
- Bursaries and other financial support
- Opportunities to attend free engineering events and talks
- Newsletters featuring the latest developments in the sector
One of the key benefits to the College being approved by iMechE is that all students coming through the course will be able to fill in a short application form to become professionally registered as EngTech. This simple process can make all the difference to an engineer’s career with many major employers such as BAE, the MOD and Rolls Royce insisting that all staff are professionally registered and often using this as a criteria when filtering job applicants. In short this will help our students stand out from the crowd and demonstrates our continued commitment to the success of our apprentices and demonstrates the quality of our training provision to students and employers.
Over 25 potential young engineers and their parents attended the recent factory open evening an Advanced Actuators. They were given a full site tour, looking at hydraulics and electronc controls systems devloped by this highly successful business followed by a presentation about the company and working demonstrations of some of the equipment that company manufactures. More fac tory open evenings are planned for the near future.