BOC has been involved in improving the skillsets of a community in the UK as part of a popular new welding skills course in High Wycombe, a project that recently received a visit from a local MP.

MP Steve Baker was at the Oasis Project in High Wycombe to see for himself how the new course in welding skills is going down with learners attending the centre.

The materials and machinery are all provided by BOC, the UK's largest supplier of industrial gases and welding equipment.

The idea for the course came from Steve Jessop, who runs the car mechanics courses at the Project. He wanted to offer a more advanced mechanics course and welding skills was an obvious choice. But to do so, he needed some help.

He approached the local BOC store in Thame and got into conversation with Manager John Baker. “I explained what we were trying to do - and also how small the budget was!” said Steve.

“But BOC offered to provide all the materials and the equipment to set up the course. We really couldn't have done it without them.”

Baker, MP for Wycombe, commented, “The Oasis Project is a wonderful example of how local groups can improve the lives of those in their community. It is a tremendous example of the Big Society in practice. Everyone who has contributed to this scheme, and given these young people the skills and support they need, should be congratulated. I'm delighted to be here to see this latest venture take off.”

The fourth edition of the BOC Safety Products Catalogue is now out, and is bursting with new products and improvements.

The 2011 catalogue from BOC, a member of The Linde Group, is packed with more than 500 new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) lines – including G-Tecta™ portable gas detectors, 3M Versaflo Powered Air Respirators, the Ryval welding helmet, MSA safety head gear and our exclusive Steel Blue footwear range. It has been redesigned, modernised and updated.

“We’ve listened to feedback from our customers,” said BOC Marketing Executive Caroline Sams. “The new version has a host of additional features to help customers get the best out of the catalogue.”