A NEW qualification that enables local companies to demonstrate their welders have the skills needed to work on nuclear industry contracts has been unveiled by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
The new qualification, which is tailored to industry requirements, is the first to be developed by the Catcliffe-based Nuclear AMRC in collaboration with industrial partners and a leading skills agency.
Nuclear AMRC skills and welding teams worked with technical welding specialists from Rolls-Royce and qualifications awarding organisation Excellence Achievement and Learning to create the new Diploma in High Integrity Welding.
Semta, the sector skills council for the advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors, also collaborated on the project and will recognise the new diploma.
The Nuclear AMRC is continuing to develop new qualifications and skills programmes to meet the specific needs of the nuclear manufacturing industry.
Annette Valentine, training and skills manager at the Nuclear AMRC, says the next project will look at developing an accredited training programme covering project management for nuclear manufacturing.