The LIV welding training centre, in association with Afrox, is another initiative to uplift the local communities. The centre will train 20 students in an international welding course, funded through bursaries from local industry. Not only will qualifying students have the opportunity to move into jobs, but revenue generated by the welding training centre will feed back into liv.
The proposed LIV Welding Training Centre, in association with Afrox, is part of our vision to uplift neighbouring communities through skills development and employment. This 500m2 state-of-the-art training facility will accommodate 20 students at a time. It will be equipped with the latest equipment to ensure the highest standard of the training. Training will start with pupils from both LIV School, as well as children from the local area who are not currently attending school, but are of school age. The minimum requirements for potential students will be a Grade 9, with a clear understanding of Mathematics and Engineering Graphics and Design. The course presented to these students will be the International Institute of Welding (IIW) Fillet Welder qualification, supported by The Southern African Institute of Welding.
Successful students will leave the course after Grade 12 as an internationally qualified Fillet welder. The course will be conducted over a 3 year period from Grades 10 to 12, over and above the National Senior Certificate Curriculum. Welding is at the top of the list of skills shortages in South Africa, making this qualification most sought after in the industry. Qualifying students will therefore have the opportunity to fill this much needed gap of welders, gaining employment or becoming entrepreneurs within the industry.
The top achieving students can choose to further their studies in the welding field of study by returning to the Welding Academy and completing the IIW Plate and Pipe courses. This will qualify the successful students as International Welders with an International Welding qualification. Support is necessary from Industry to employ these welders to gain practical experience during the course, as well as sponsored bursaries to finance the training at the LIV Welding Training Centre. Careers in welding are unlimited. It offers careers in Welding, Welding Inspection, Welding Supervision and Co-ordination, Welding Specialists, Non-Destructive Testing, Welding Engineers, Sales and Marketing, Workshop Managers, Entrepreneurs, Consultants, Managing Directors and CEOs.
The back bone of any country hinges on its infrastructure and continuous infrastructure development. This cannot develop without technically qualified and skilled people such as engineers, technicians and artisans – and welding is at the centre.