Airgas is continuing to help students prepare for a career in welding, having welcomed pupils from 55 schools across 22 states to its High School Welding Education Initiative for the 2023 academic year.
The programme comes as the American Welding Society (AWS) forecasts that 336,000 new welding professionals are projected to be needed by 2026, with 84,000 average welding jobs to be filled annually in the period 2022–2025.
Since 2018, Airgas has assisted 72 schools, 4,2000 welding students and nearly 450 instructors across the country. In the past two years, more than 250 students obtained welding jobs directly after graduating from a school programme supported by Airgas donations.
Jay Worley, Chief Operating Officer of Airgas, said the programme’s growth has been made possible because of many passionate associates who are stepping up to support the communities they live in to advocate the importance of welding education.
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