Welding skills and the latest professional Virtual Reality technology were on display at a successful event hosted by Themis at Burnley College, attended by leading employers in the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing sector, students on Advanced Vocational Engineering programmes at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre and Themis Apprentices.
The event was organised by Nelson employer Graham Engineering Ltd, whose Apprentices are training in the high-tech facilities at Themis at Burnley College under the guidance of our industry-expert Trainers.
Highlights of the event were an exhibition by The Welding Institute (TWI) North West branch, who demonstrated chocolate welding. They created a problem-solving and mathematical challenge for the students, Themis Apprentices and Themis Gold candidates (secondary school students who are currently applying for apprenticeships in the Engineering sector and who have shown the commitment, determination and desire to succeed) using chocolate bars and weights to estimate the load bearing weight..
Fronius UK, one of the world’s technological leaders in the arc welding market, also brought one of their virtual reality welding kits and demonstrated various welding methods and techniques before students, Themis Apprentices and Themis Gold candidates were invited to attempt welding simulations with their work screened live to the audience and scored out of 100 on precision and technique etc.
There was also featured a tour of the College's award-winning Centre of Engineering Excellence, where workshops are filled with industry-standard equipment and reflect the environment that Apprentices and students will experience in the workplace.
It is hoped that the annual event will become a regular feature in the College calendar, making use of the £100 million Campus space and the expertise of the Themis Trainers and Engineering Tutors.