As a course requirement, students must carry out work
experience, and Northumberland College's Construction and
Engineering Placement offer, John Johnson, placed Owen at Northern
Structures Ltd, a company based in Amble, which fabricates steel
portal framed buildings for the commercial and agriculture markets,
where he made a memorable impression.
John said: "Northumberland College work closely with local
employers to offer two-week job placements for our students to
introduce them to the world of work.
"This is a very successful scheme and our students, just like
Owen, love going in to work place environments and find the
The feedback we receive from employers and students has been
terrific and we are committed to creating more opportunities in the
future for local people."
Since his successful placement, Owen was invited back to
Northern Structures and has been working part-time for the company,
carrying out plasma cutting and fabrication jobs.
He now has a full-time position working as a welder and
fabricator waiting for him once he has completed his
Oliver Dovey, Operations Manager at Northern Structures said:
"Owen is a fantastic hand here and everyone who meets him gives him
a glowing reference. He has been so good in his two periods with us
we have no hesitation in offering him a full-time job. We are
expecting great things from him based on the standard of his work
Owen said: "I'm so excited to have been offered a full-time
position for when I finish my course. The experience and skills I
have had and developed throughout my time at the College have been
"In welding there are so many opportunities to work abroad or at
sea, so who knows where my welding skills and qualifications will
take me in the future; it's a very exciting career to be in."
A welder's salary can range from £16,000 - £35,000, without
including any over-time bonuses, on average per year according to
the national careers service and with experience; those in the
industry could be promoted to a supervisory role or to be a
Jobs also include working as a welding inspection, testing and
quality control or, with commercial diver training, underwater
PremierWelding.co.uk have stated that Persistence Market
Research reported the global market for welding and cutting
equipment is to grow at a "substantial rate" through to 2020 and
that the welding tools industry will continue to expand over the
next five years, as demand rises during the remainder of the
Demand in these market segments will help offset slow growth in
the shipbuilding, aerospace and defence industries.
Simon Burbridge, Welding tutor at Northumberland College said:
"This is just one great example of a student going straight into
full-time employment in the industry they have trained for and
"A welding course is ideal for students who want to gain a sound
understanding of the techniques and the skills required and the
underlying principles needed in today's welding and fabrication
Students on a Welding course at Northumberland College study
units including health and safety, mechanical principles,
fabrication, welding principles, MIG, TIG, and MMA welding.
Owen added: "I've had great support from my tutors at College
who have gave me the hands-on support and advice to help me prepare
for the world of work. My course has been very hands-on and
practical based and we get to learn in fantastic industry standard
Facilities in Northumberland College's brand-new Technology Park
boast the latest industry-standard equipment across both the
Construction and Engineering and Renewables Academies.
Northumberland College are taking applications now for September
2017. To find out more about Fabrication and Welding courses please