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News ReleaseThe Future of UK Welding Industry is Alive and Well

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April 09, 2010 London, U.K.

Today, following a series of closely fought regional heats and a challenging final, one talented individual will be crowned, ‘Skillweld Champion 2010’. This sought-after title will be awarded to the trainee welder demonstrating an outstanding skill and welding excellence.

Since November 2009 judges from Skillweld 2010 - Britain’s prestigious, national welder competition - have searched the length and breadth of the UK to find the brightest young welding talent. Today’s final at TWI’s base in Cambridge marks the culmination of this search and sees top scoring competitors from regional heats go head-to-head in their bid to win the competition. Outstanding finalists from this national competition may then be considered for inclusion in the world’s biggest skills competition, WorldSkills, which is taking place in London in 2011.

The Skillweld competition remains a key component, which ensures trainee welders receive the support and guidance they need to guarantee the welding profession’s future in the UK. It provides a national platform for Britain’s most promising talent to showcase their welding excellence and proficiency in all popular welding processes, including MMA, TIG and MIG/MAG.

Chris Eady TWI Associate Director for Professional Affairs and Chairman of the SkillWeld Committee said: “The Skillweld competition is a great way for companies, training providers and TWI to collaborate for the greater good of the welding industry.

“We are delighted with the high calibre of entrants that have taken part in this year’s competition. It’s encouraging to see that despite the continually challenging economic environment we’ve still received more applicants than we did in the last competition.

Matthias Kuhn, Air Products’ General Manager - Packaged Gases for the UK and Ireland, commented: “Welders from the UK are one of this country’s key strengths and a class above many of our other European counterparts. That’s why it’s essential we build on our strong metal fabrication heritage by continuing to encourage and support new entrants into the industry.

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About Skillweld
In its sixth year, SkillWeld is the UK’s most prestigious, national welder competition for young people and adults. In addition to producing a Skillweld champion, it also gives competition finalists an opportunity to be selected as the UK representative at the World Skills Competition in London in 2011. The competition is designed to showcase the skills of trainee welders, and to bring increased recognition to colleges, training providers and employers for their support and guidance in developing welding training and skills. As well as working to promote and raise the profile of welding within industry, and to highlight the requirement of skilled welders. Skillweld is supported by leaders from across the welding, skills and manufacturing industries. For more information, visit  

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