Next month, BOC will announce the best apprentice welder in England when finalists from different regions compete for the title at Alstom’s state-of-the-art welding facility in Stafford next month. The competition is scheduled to take place from 6th – 7th July.

Mike Dennis, Business Director for BOC’s Bulk and Packaged Gases, stated, “With the major infrastructure projects being planned for the coming years, it is vital that the UK produces highly-qualified welders. We are delighted that Alstom Power in Stafford will host the English final. This facility is an excellent arena for the competitors to demonstrate their skills.”

Alstom’s welding facility was opened in 2009 as part of the company’s commitment to improve welding skills in British industry. According to BOC the objective mirrored its own, to establish the Apprentice Welder competition. Jim McCilwrath, Alstom Welding Engineering Manager, commented, “Being involved in skills competitions, and with BOC in particular, has helped to raise Alstom’s skills profile across the power generation industry. The chance to compete against other companies and colleges from all over the UK is very exciting, as Alstom can put its hard work in developing apprentice welder training into action.”

“Last year, our dedicated welding facility in Stafford was chosen as the venue for the BOC Regional Finals. It’s a great achievement and honour to now be hosting the prestigious BOC All England Welding Finals at the same facility and we look forward to the competition.”