By Jemima Owen-Jones2017-06-14T09:48:00+01:00
Uniweld Products, Inc. inaugurates a new welding laboratory at INACAP in Santiago, Chile, to educate and train apprentice welders.
Matias Valenzuela, Commercial Manager at Lucsol Spa, Uniweld’s authorised distributor in Chile, undertook this project in conjunction with INACAP’s Alexis Bravo, Mechanical Career Director. INACAP is an Integrated System of Higher Education, which is made up by The Technological University of Chile INACAP.
Richard Apodaca, Director-International at Uniweld, proclaimed, “It is with great honour and pride that we participate in this project in conjunction with our partners to educate and train Chile’s youth on the proper practices and technological advancements in the fields of brazing and welding.”
Both Uniweld and Lucas-Milhaupt are committed to providing ongoing training at the welding laboratory. Lucsol will work closely with key personnel at INACAP to schedule the training sessions at the welding laboratory with Uniweld and Lucas-Milhaupt.
Over the past five years, the American welder shortage has gone from concern to crisis. In 1988, according to the US Bureau and Labor Statistics, there were 570,000 welders in the US, but by 2012 that number had dwindled to fewer than 360,000, mainly due to older welders retiring.
GAWDA leaders announced the awarding of 11 $2,000 scholarships in May at the association’s annual spring conference. Since the scholarship programme was first introduced in 2013, the organisation has awarded a total of $116,000 in scholarships.
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