Hutchinson training academy

20 Jun 2017

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

Fabrication services expert, Hutchinson Engineering, has launched a training academy addressing the skills shortage in welding and fabrication in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland.

The academy, which will take on its first recruits in September, will operate from the company’s 80,000 sq ft manufacturing facility, based in Kilrea.Mark Hutchinson, managing director at Hutchinson Engineering, said: “At Hutchinson Engineering, we have recognised that there is a significant shortage of both welders and fabricators in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland.

“We have some exciting long-term contracts and rather than look further afield for talent, we wanted to invest in our people and help train the next generation, here on our doorstep.”Since 2015, the firm has invested over £200k in welding and fabrication equipment and so it’s now looking to invest its people.To drum up interest in the new training academy, the company is holding an open day on Saturday 1 July 2017 from 10am – 1pm at its KIlrea site.

The open day, which is being held in association with Northern Regional College, Teach Weld NI and the Welding Institute Northern Ireland, will allow attendees the opportunity to hear about what the academy can offer and meet the people they could be working with.It is being held for anyone interested in a career in engineering, from school leavers right through to those already in a job looking to make a change and learn a new skill.To register for a free ticket for the open day just search and sign up on the Hutchinson Engineering Eventbrite site.