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Nov 25, 2015

Welding Instructors Get Certified

A first-of-its-kind Welding Certification Training Course has been taking place at the ITVET Compound in Belize City. A joint initiative between Fabrigas, Belize Natural Energy, BELTRAIDE and the Ministry of Education, it seeks to certify and standardize the level of work of welders across the country, starting with the instructors. So, a total of fifteen instructors from twelve educational institutions have been training since last Monday on theoretical and practical techniques in welding. The idea, says Certified Welding Inspector and Educator, Justin Sabido is to meet the demands of the labor market where for years; there has been a demand for certified persons in the welding capacity.

 

Justin Sabido, Certified Welding Educator & Inspector

“We are doing shielded metal art welding which is the most common process, the most widely used process. We have fifteen teachers from twelve institutions throughout the country and our goal is to certify them in shielding metal art welding, all position with seventy-eighteen electrodes.”

 

Justin Sabido

Duane Moody

“What’s the whole point of this event here that’s happening?”

 

Justin Sabido

“Well we started out about three years ago, I went and did an assessment of all the technical schools in the country and I found that they were lacking in two areas, which are the two major areas in equipment and personnel training. So all of the institutions had the same things to say; we don’t have formally trained welding instructors. So we took it upon ourselves to do our training to respond to the needs because at the same time, there was all the talk about the major projects in the west and in the south of this country. These are major projects that needed lots of certified welders. The country just didn’t have any to offer. We do have a few who got certified but they were either sent out on the country they worked for or on their own. So our response was to get the instructors trained, we have the infrastructure already. We get the instructors trained, certified so we know what they are doing; we know that they can actually do the welds and show the students what to do. That is the ultimate goal; to prepare students for certification when they leave these learning institutions. So we want to try to satisfy that segment of our labor market with certify guys. So we don’t import welders anymore; we can do the work here. Those jobs should be our jobs.”

 

According to Sabido, earlier this year, four persons were certified in Shipyard in a particular process after which the men were subcontracted for a major project in the south. 

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1 Response for “Welding Instructors Get Certified”

  1. Jaded red voter says:

    Excellent news story!

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