Sparks fly for opening of ‘flagship’ tech centre

Weldability SIF managing director Adrian Hawkins shakes hands with Sir Oliver Heald in front of the

Weldability SIF managing director Adrian Hawkins shakes hands with Sir Oliver Heald in front of the plaque to mark the opening of Weldability SIF's new training facilities - Credit: Archant

A £1.7 million state-of-the-art technology and training centre has been officially opened as a welding business marks its 90th birthday.

Weldability-Sif in Letchworth welcomed Sir Oliver Heald to do the honours as the one stop shop for welding products aims to reduce a growing skills gap in the UK manufacturing industry.

The Conservative’s East and North Herts general election candidate unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion, before touring the facility.

The centre in Icknield Way houses a large product demonstration and selection showroom, as well as a welder training facility which includes an ‘eLearning suite’ which provides a virtual environment for students to hone their skills.

The new facility will complement Weldability-Sif’s charitable foundation, which has helped train more than 5,000 people at 25 welding studios at colleges and training centres across the UK.

The company’s aim is to reduce the average age of welders, which currently stands at 57 in the UK.

Addressing guests, Weldability Sif chairman Adrian Hawkins paid tribute to the strength of the company for surviving two world wars, three recessions and eight changes in the UK government.

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He added: “In our flagship, state-of-the-art technology and training centre we will continue to further develop our courses, simulators, and training products, as well as offer one of the finest welder-training and coding sites in the UK – providing much-needed facilities to the greater London area in the process.”

The new centre will also offers businesses across the area a ‘bay for a day’ service, allowing welding bays to be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis with technical staff on hand to help where required.

For more information visit www.weldability-sif.com or call 01462 482200.

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