Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet) has been officially named as a centre of excellence for welding training, with the announcement welcomed by regional leaders from industry and business.

The college has secured the prestigious Certification Scheme for Welder Training Organisations (CSWTO) accreditation, a mark of excellence which means welders training with TyneMet do so at the very highest standards required by industry.

TyneMet’s engineering team delivers welder training and assessment to many established staff and apprentices each year from a range of the region’s leading employers in the engineering, manufacturing and construction sectors.

The CSWTO certification is awarded to centres that deliver the highest, most rigorous standards of training, with the quality mark providing assurance of the very best in facilities, equipment, teaching materials and resources. Delivery staff are also certified to the highest standard achieving CSWIP Welding Instructor and Welding Examiner status (Certification Scheme for Personnel).

The award also means TyneMet, part of the new Tyne Coast College, formed in August 2017 from a merger of Tyne Metropolitan College and South Tyneside College, is now an official examination venue for welder assessments.

Neil Dorward, Deputy Head of Engineering at TyneMet, said: “Our engineering team have always delivered only the highest standards of training, and our facilities here are second to none.

“This accreditation officially recognises the excellent services we provide to local industry and welding professionals. We’re obviously delighted to achieve such a high accolade, and our fantastic team will continue to go above and beyond to deliver this training to the rigorous standards that our industrial clients expect.”

The award has been celebrated and welcomed by the North-East construction and manufacturing community.

David Bavaird, Chair of the North Tyneside Business Forum, including its specialist Manufacturing and Construction Group, said: “This is great news for our construction and engineering industries.

“It means our burgeoning construction and engineering sectors can tap into welders trained to the very highest standards, which is of course is absolutely crucial in these sectors where safety and accuracy is absolutely paramount.

“I’m especially proud that we have such a centre of excellence in North Tyneside, adding even more to what this borough can offer to industry and business.”

The CSWTO accreditation is delivered by TWI Certification Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of (TWI); the world’s largest institute for welding related research and training, directly supporting many of the most well know global organisations with welding related research and technology.

Ian Hogarth, Principal Verification Engineer of TWI Certification Limited said; “It’s really encouraging for industry to see TyneMet College investing both time and money in new welder training facilities, ensuring that it’s welding apprentices are being given the greatest opportunities to maximise their skills.”

To find out more, visit www.tynemet-engineering.co.uk

The CSWTO is a mark of competence for Further Education Colleges and private training providers delivering welder and brazer training. CSWTO provides assurance of facilities, equipment, teaching materials and resources and, supported by certified CSWIP Welding Instructors and CSWIP Welding Examiners, provides client confidence in training quality.

For more information about CSWTO, visit www.cswto.com