The Chisholm Institute of TAFE, Victoria, has taken out the prestigious welding training award, the WTIA top training organisation for 2008.
Noel Sutcliffe, Manager of Manufacturing Engineering & Logistics at the Chisholm Institute Dandenong campus said winning this award is recognition of the quality of TAFE’s welding training and teaching.
“Companies can send their staff here and know that they are going to get welding training to a very high standard.”
In 2008, 60 WTIA Welding Certificates to AS 1796 were awarded to students in the advanced trade and diploma courses at Chisholm. Welding Certificates to Australian Standards is a core area in welding training for both the Dandenong and Frankston campus of Chisholm Institute.
The WTIA is the accreditation body for post trade welding qualifications to Australian Standards. Those standards specify tightly what the weld will be, the circumstances under which it will be done and the conditions and it has to be perfect.
Sutcliffe said the student not only has to sit the exam but they also have to demonstrate that they can do the weld repeatedly and perfectly each time.
“When the student takes that accreditation into heavy industry the company they are working for can be assured of their competence to do the work repeatedly all day long.
“It’s a very high standard welding and it’s a very serious accreditation. We’ve been doing WTIA welding certification for a long time now and this is the first time we’ve won the award. We’re very proud of our achievement.”
“Industry takes a lot of notice of the WTIA and winning this award gives us credibility and hopefully should lead to more students referred to us for training.
“Geographically, we are in a strong area for this industry so this recognition is very important. We are situated in the manufacturing hub of Australia. 35% of all manufacturing in Australia occurs within 10 kilometres of our Dandenong campus.
“We also have a campus at Wonthaggi and the planned desalination plant is in our catchment area so we are looking at the role welding training can play in its development and construction.”
“High quality welding is a skills shortage area” said Sutcliffe.
“This sort of award helps attract young people into the industry and the level of interest from overseas companies is also increasing. In fact, there are many opportunities for Australian institutes to train overseas students in welding. The WTIA standard is valued around the world.”