Staff shortages have become a major issue across multiple industries post-Covid.
The events and hospitality sectors are among those acutely affected by an exodus of staff looking to retrain in pandemic proof roles.
Founder of Nationwide Welding Institute Terence McEneaney has noticed a major increase in the number of people signing for courses at his training centre.
He told the All-Ireland Business Times that he welcomes people from all walks of life through his doors.
“We see everything from 15-year-olds right up to 60-year-olds,” he said. “Men, women, boys and girls of all nationalities are training with us.”
“We recently had two senior pilots for Ryanair and Aer Lingus at our courses.”
Based in South Dublin, the Nationwide Welding Institute has built a strong reputation as a one-stop shop for welding training and certification, providing courses tailored to the individual needs of its customers and clients.
The centre was deemed an essential service by the Government through Covid because it was providing vital certification and training for companies and clients that fed into the pharmaceutical industry.
NWI feeds has started to work with a Canadian company that has recruited graduates and placed them in jobs throughout the country and its graduates have gone on to work in the metal fabrication industry as well as engineering and manufacturing companies plumbing companies and motor mechanics.
Terence says that people are attracted to the stability of the sector as well as the diverse employment options it brings.
Terence said: “If welding was easy everyone would be doing it, but it is an industry that has provided jobs time and time again in this country.”
“It was bulletproof through the recession and it pays a liveable wage. The major bonus of welding is that it feeds into so many industries and it can be very lucrative if you’re in the right one.”
“We have so much manufacturing in this country that there is always a huge appetite and demand for welders.”
Terence set up the training centre after he identified a gap in the market for a dedicated facility that would provide industry-specific training as well as certification.
The centre offers full certification as part of its suite of courses which is valid throughout Europe which Terence says is a vital part of his service.
“It’s now a legal requirement to have certification in welding,” he said.
“Employment law dictates that the onus is on both the employer and on the employee to have up to date and relevant certification for the welding apparatus that they use in the workplace.”
“The responsibility is on us as welders to make sure that we’re certified just in case the employer hasn’t certified us because as we know all too well in Ireland – everything’s grand until something happens.”
Terence McEneaney has been named Business All-Star Technical Education Person 2021. the honour recognises Terence’s continued growth & development as an educator in the technical sector.
Reacting to the news Terence said that the Business All-Star Accreditation is recognition of the “quality of his team of tutors and the loyalty of his fantastic students.
He added that his mission is to raise the bar in the welding industry through quality training and certification, adding that the benefits are huge for people who choose to go through the process.
Reacting to the news Terence said that his mission is to raise the bar in the welding industry through quality training and certification, adding that the benefits are huge for people who choose to go through the process.
“There are a lot of people out there who think they don’t need certification,” he said – “that’s our biggest challenge and we are doing everything we can to combat that way of thinking.”
“It’s very simple, If you are certified you can command a better wage and your employer can rest easy knowing that he has a safe pair of hands on board.”
“Certification is 100% the most efficient way to raise the bar in the sector.”
To learn more about Nationwide Welding Institute, visit their All-Star showcase page here.