Middlesbrough-based provider of integrated welding and engineering solutions, QA Weld Tech, has added to its team of fully-qualified and experienced engineers with its largest intake of apprentices since the company was established over 35 years ago.
Based at the Riverside Park Industrial Estate, the firm will deliver its quality apprenticeship programme across multiple disciplines to the five recent appointments, as it recognises the importance of training and developing the skillset of young people in the industry.
Operations director Dave Pickles said: “By implementing training in all disciplines and offering quality apprenticeship programmes, we can overcome the challenges faced in the industry of an ageing workforce.
“Through engaging with young enthusiastic people, keen to develop a career in the field, we can bridge the skills gap continuing to move forward and successfully compete in international markets.”
Apprentices to join the team include Kieran Reynard and Will Helm, who will be specialising in welding, CNC machinist apprentice Jordan Walton, Harrison Olive (supply chain management) and quality technician apprentice Lewis Hunter. This adds to company’s four existing second year multi-discipline apprentices.
Having forged close relationships with local colleges, the apprentices join the team from both Hartlepool and Middlesbrough College.
The apprentices will gain first-hand experience, whilst receiving mentoring, support and guidance with educational studies from the experienced team at QA Weld Tech.
Working with difficult materials and engineering innovative solutions, the company is well recognised within the industry for its dynamic capabilities and ability to solve complex problems, working on projects alongside major companies across the globe including; BP, Total, Shell and GE.
Founded in 1980, QA Weld Tech is a leading provider of integrated welding and engineering services delivering a full turnkey service from initial consultation right through to project management, inspection and testing.
The company has recently expanded and now operates in seven new sectors including petrochemical, valves and pumps, rail, marine, nuclear and power generation.