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Weld Australia Wins Top Global Technical Training Award

Jul 9, 2024

Michael Pitt, Executive General Manager, Education & Training (middle) and Guy Brooks, General Manager Training Operations (right) accept the award on behalf of Weld Australia.

Weld Australia is excited to announce that it has won the Andre Leroy Prize at the 2024 International Institute of Welding (IIW) Awards. The Awards took place last night as part of the IIW Annual Assembly and International Conference on Welding and Joining in Rhodes, Greece.

The Andre Leroy Prize recognises the contribution to scientific and technical training or teaching, welding processes or allied processes, the quality control of welded joints or of the results of the application of allied processes, problems raised by the behaviour of materials and welded construction.

Weld Australia took home the coveted award in recognition for its work on a suite of learning resources for delivery of the 12 welding and fabrication units of competency in the Manufacturing and Engineering (MEM) Training Package.

Weld Australia formed a national consortium of TAFEs to work on the project. Over the last two years, the consortium has collaborated with us to develop the most engaging, up-to-date resources possible. Members of the consortium piloted use of the resources, and some TAFEs have already permanently adopted them.

Weld Australia’s MEM Resources were designed with students, teachers and training organisations in mind. The Resources reimagine the learning process with its user-friendly interface, diversified delivery methods, and audited and accurate material. The new MEM resources are completely online and accessible via phone, mobile device or computer. This allows students to access learning at the time, place and pace that suits them best.

According to Geoff Crittenden (CEO, Weld Australia), ““We are incredibly honoured to receive the Andre Leroy Prize at the 2024 International Institute of Welding Awards. This prestigious recognition highlights our commitment to advancing technical training in the welding and fabrication industry. Our innovative learning resources are designed to meet the evolving needs of students, teachers, and training organisations.”

“The development of our MEM Resources was a collaborative effort with a national consortium of TAFEs. Over the past two years, this partnership has allowed us to create the most engaging and up-to-date training materials possible. The success of this project is a testament to the dedication and expertise of everyone involved.”

“Our goal was to reimagine the learning process by providing a user-friendly interface and diversified delivery methods that cater to the varied needs of our students. The completely online and accessible nature of the MEM Resources ensures that learning can happen anytime, anywhere, and at a pace that suits each individual,” Crittenden said.


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