There is a wide variety of organisations that carry out welder training - FE colleges, private training organisations and employers; there are several awarding bodies for welding qualifications and there is an array of different standards on which training is based.
The National Welder Training Standard (NWTS) has been established to bring about more uniformity in welder training in the UK.
The main objectives of NWTS are to:
• provide a visible, recognised benchmark for welder training and competence on which industry
• eliminate the current wide variety of ad hoc training
• ensure that welders’ job knowledge and competence is at an appropriate level
• provide a mechanism for award of (European/International Welder Diplomas in the UK
The NWTS is currently implemented through and agreement between TWI and a major recognised awarding organisation, EAL.