Will we recognise a welding school after lockdown?

Collaboration between training centres and colleges could be key to Covid-19 risk assessments and subsequent preparation.

As we know, already we have a global shortage of skilled welders and surely that level will only deteriorate if social distancing becomes the norm.

Riverside college welding

How can we have a room full of eager students wanting to learn to weld?

How can they stand next to the tutor whilst he shows them the techniques to be used?

We have worked and supported Riverside College, who have a dedicated training centre for welding and fabrication. Craig Scott, Welding Tutor at the college is reaching out to similar establishments who are preparing to open welding schools both in June and next term.

How are you opening your doors to students?

To prevent contamination learners won’t be able to share helmets and gloves. Tools and equipment will need to be wiped after each student by a technician and class sizes reduced and maybe open on Saturdays to protect staff and students by staggering sessions. Could you introduce virtual welding but at what cost?

Welding Students from Riverside
What social distancing changes are you considering in welding schools?

Obviously this is a worldwide situation and the team want to be ahead of the curve and as fully informed as can possibly be so are looking to collaborate with anyone on Covid-19 preparations.

Have you found any clear guidance from your Government or organisations that you can share?

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Archive photo Training and Apprenticeships before Covid-19

Join forces

Are you similar to Craig? A tutor, welding technician or even industrial H&S representatives who would possibly join a group to combat the health and safety issues that we have never had to consider before?

If you have any suggestions of how to resolve all safety or have some sound advice to get young people back into training, please get in touch directly with Craig by email to craig.scott@riversidecollege.ac.uk

Craig is hopeful that if enough colleagues get in touch then he will set up a private online forum where ideas can be shared between everyone.

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