Air Products has sponsored a welding contest to aid the drive of cultivating talent in Taiwan.

Air Products San Fu, a subsidiary of leading global industrial gases supplier Air Products, has since 2014 sponsored the Welding Contest at the 44th and 45th National Skills Competitions organized by Taiwan’s Ministry of Labour, providing shielding gases for semi-automatic welding during the contest and for the one-year training of Taiwan’s welding representatives at the WorldSkills Competitions held in August 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil and scheduled for 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Organised annually in Taiwan since 1968, the competition is the biggest vocational skills development and education event in Taiwan. This year’s competition took place in September, with over 700 participants competing in 47 categories including welding. Open to contestants aged 21 years or under, the Welding Contest offers young welding talent a valuable opportunity to hone their vocational skills and gain experience for their professional development. The top three winners will qualify for next year’s selection competition, which will select the representatives to represent Taiwan at the WorldSkills Competition.

“Welding skill is critical in many industries. As a leading supplier of shielding gases, Air Products recognizes the importance of building a sustainable pool of welding talent,” said Eugene Lu, General Manager, Taiwan Industrial Gases, Air Products. “We are glad to be able to take part in this meaningful event organised by the Ministry of Labour and to sponsor the Welding Contest for the second year. We will continue to support Taiwan’s talent and technological development through different efforts.”