Applications open for Assured Skills Collaborative Welding Academies with guaranteed job interviews

  • Two new Assured Skills Collaborative Welding Academies at South West College have been launched, with 24 training places and guaranteed job interviews up for grabs. 

    The Assured Skills Collaborative Academies will see successful applicants receive industry-standard welding training, during a six-week course at South West College’s new industry training facility in Cookstown.

    Participants who complete the Academies are guaranteed an interview for a welding positon at one of eight companies in the Dungannon area.

    Announcing the Academies, Economy Minister Diane Dodds said: “The Mid Ulster area retains a strong and resilient manufacturing and engineering sector which makes an important contribution to our economy."

    These Academies will be the first of up to seven to be delivered in the coming year which will, in total, provide training opportunities for up to 84 people at South West College’s new dedicated training facility in Cookstown.

    “People with welding skills are in high demand in our local engineering and manufacturing sector," Minister Dodds continued.

    "These Assured Skills Collaborative Academies will equip participants with these skills through an industry-recognised qualification and position them very strongly to kick-start a new career in welding. No experience in welding is required – I urge anyone who is interested to apply.”

    RELATED: Applications open for Alchemy Tech Assured Skills Academy, with guaranteed job roles

    Participants on the Academy will study ETCAL Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations and Certified Abrasive Wheels Training.

    Ciaran McManus, Assistant Chief Executive of South West College, said: “Engineering is a major sector of employment in the south west region. The college is committed to working in partnership with local employers to help them attract, develop and nurture new talent.

    "These new pre-employment Assured Skills Collaborative Academies provide a means of attracting new people to the sector by providing a great opportunity for people in the area to gain new skills and a potential offer of employment."

    Training will be delivered in two separate cohorts of 12:
    • Cohort 1 – Monday 14 June - Friday 23 July 2021
    • Cohort 2 – Monday 26 July 2021 - Friday 3 September 2021

    These dates may change depending on the situation with Covid-19.

    Applications close at noon on Friday 14 May 2021.

    More information on the South West College Assured Skills Welding Academy and details of how to apply are available at

    About the author

    An article that is attributed to Sync NI Team has either involved multiple authors, written by a contributor or the main body of content is from a press release.

    Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Sync NI? Email the editorial team for our consideration.

    Sign up now for a FREE weekly newsletter showcasing the latest news, jobs and events in NI’s tech sector.

Share this story