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South Africa is in desperate need of artisan skills, and one of the most sought after skills at present is welding. South Africa is currently importing welding skills simply because these skills do not exist locally, this is despite the huge unemployment problem that we have.

Many people do not realise the extent to which welding touches our everyday lives. Welding is all around us and is used to manufacture many of the products we use daily including motor vehicles, bridges, shopping centres, stadiums, washing machines, even cellular phones use welding technologies.

The welding industry offers a diverse range of career opportunities, these include the welder joining the metals together, safety officers, welding inspectors, heat treatment operators, Non Destructive Testing technicians and welding engineers amongst others. Welding is becoming hi tech with the increased use of advanced welding processes such as laser welding and welding with robots for manufacturing high volume components.