The Move Towards Green Living Has Created A Gap in the Welding Industry

It has been reported by the Office of National Statistics that over the last five years almost a quarter of registered welders who are certified have left the industry. The actual number is believed to be around 18000 which only leaves 58000 registered and certified welders in the UK.

The demand for welders is rising and due to the decreasing numbers of the welders in the UK there is now a 25 per cent gap. The changes in our lifestyles and the requirement for a greener, more sustainable living along with the plans to make the UK self-sufficient for energy from 2020 adds to the requirement for welders. For that project alone 20,000 welders trained welders will be required which creates a big shortfall in the number of available welders.

The shortfall will only be eliminated if 50,000 people start welder training at level 1 and 2 within the next 3-5 years. The shortfall in the numbers has been addressed by the UK’s Weldability-Sif Foundation. The foundation has entered into a partnership with EAL and the Welding Institute to increase the welder training courses around the country.

The Move Towards a More Green Living Has Created A Gap in the Welding Industry – An infographic by the team at Westermans

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10 Responses to The Move Towards Green Living Has Created A Gap in the Welding Industry

  1. rosana ricamonte says:

    hi, im rosana and i love welding i want to work to your company. i still searching of group for upgrade my knowledge and share my techniques to others. so please help me.

  2. Holly McAnally says:

    Hi Claire I would defo be happy to shine some light on how i’m getting on as a student! and I will defo like your fb page!

  3. Holly McAnally says:

    Hi there, I am a female currently in college doing TIG, MMA and fabrication at City and Guilds Level 3 in Falkirk Glasgow…..I think i’m the only female in Scotland doing welding!! wish there was more! But i’m curious about any courses you have going that i might be able to attend? I am by no means a “welder” I’ve been at college since August and am progressing quite well… but there’s still quite a lot to learn. And my course is called full time yet it is only 2 days a week of welding! Any advice/ info would be fab!



    • Westermans says:

      Hi Holly

      It’s great to hear from you. I know for a fact you are not the only female welder in Scotland.

      Check out our blog or visit Heather’s own web site She lives in Edinburgh and maybe a great source of information and encouragement for you.

      We have a feature on our web site for Women in Welding which we would love your comments on. Jenny is a welder in Manchester and there seems to be many more women welding in America!

      It would be great if we could interview you to get a feel for a trainee welder and understand why you wanted to go in to the industry. How do you fancy that?

      We don’t operate any courses here, we supply welding equipment but take time to search our web site or Blog as we have articles written on development.

      Thanks for your interest in our Company. Why not follow us on Twitter and Like us on FB to keep up to date with what’s going on?


    • Helik says:

      Hi Holly, I have been trying to find a female welder in Glasgow area. I cannot send an email to you thought Linkedin, it is about a project I am working on at the moment. Would you be kind enough to give me your address so I can pass you the information? Thank you

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  7. Jae says:

    I am a female welder living in Canada, and I saw your post on Facebook.
    Would enjoy telling my story, I love welding more then anything and am blessed to be around a great group of guys doing so everyday!!

    • Westermans says:

      Hi Jae

      Great to hear from you. We would really love to hear more about you and your experiences in and out of the welding world!

      A colleague called Alison will be in touch to have a chat.

      After one of my posts on LinkedIn I am pleased to hear you work with a great bunch of guys. Tell them we will write about them too (but they often can’t be bothered!) Are you solo in the company you work for or do you have any more female welders??!!!!

      Keep in touch.

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