A Northumberland College Welding student has been offered full-time employment after impressing North East based fabrication and welding company, Northern Structures Ltd, during a two-week work experience placement.
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 experience invaluable.
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 studies.
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 to date."
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 invaluable.
"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 workshop manager.
Jobs also include working as a welding inspection, testing and quality control or, with commercial diver training, underwater welding.
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 decade.
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 love.
"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 industry."
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."
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 visit www.northumberland.ac.uk