Virtual trainer to inspire young welders

The virtual welding trainer in action
The virtual welding trainer in action
Engineering students will get to grips with welding at a younger age thanks to MidKent College’s purchase of a new virtual trainer.

The College is now one of just four in the UK and the only one in the South East to own the £50,000 trainer, which was part-funded by the Skills Funding Agency.

Access to welding equipment for 14-16-year-olds is currently limited due to the high-risk nature of the trade, but the new equipment makes it a far safer learning tool.

Debrah Wilson – head of faculty for Computing & Information Technology at MidKent College’s Medway Campus – said she was excited about the opportunities the trainer will provide.

She added: “The virtual welder will provide an exciting learning environment to inspire future welders and introduce the engineering sector to a younger audience.

“Further virtual training opportunities will be offered to employers, which will address a lack of technical and practical engineering skills. This will further increase the engineering community in the heart of Kent.

“The trainer will also help reduce the College’s carbon footprint by cutting back on waste and saving energy.”

MidKent College runs a number of courses in Engineering, with students learning skills such as bench fitting, sheet metalwork, micro-electronics and lots more.


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