Welding Profession Celebrates the Award of the First Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

Tue, 18 December 2012

The Foundation Degree programme has been created by TWI and The Open University in response to industry demand, and the partnership has been made supported with funding from The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (LRET). The aim of the new Degree is to provide an educational development path for welders and welding apprentices to develop their welding and engineering skills and competencies, helping career progression and leading towards higher qualification and professional registration.

Adrian, who began his career in 1998 as a welding apprentice, followed a professional development plan which first saw him qualify as an Engineering Technician. In subsequent years of working in the nuclear construction and energy industries, he went on to study for the IIW/EWF Diploma in Welding Technology, then taking the required engineering/mathematics/problem-solving study modules and work-based learning to gain the Foundation Degree.

Adrian was awarded his Degree by Professor Mike Fitzpatrick, OU, and Eileen Kinghan of LRET, at a ceremony hosted by The Open University at its headquarters in Milton Keynes. Adrian was also presented with a free lecture package to study for the International Welding Engineer Diploma (IWE).

Professor Fitzpatrick said “I’m absolutely delighted that the Foundation Degree has its first graduate, demonstrating the success of the model that matches TWI’s Welding Diploma with the OU’s distance teaching of engineering.”

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