Welders cut, shape and join sections of metal plate and pipes in a wide range of industries. These include construction and engineering, transport, aerospace, and offshore oil and gas. They also carry out repairs on manufacturing equipment and machinery.
You will need to have:
good hand-to-eye coordination
the ability to work accurately
good concentration levels
the ability to work without direct supervision
the ability to understand technical plans and drawings
good maths skills
the ability to solve problems
an understanding of safe working practices
A common way into this career is through an Apprenticeship in engineering. To get on to a scheme, you will usually need four GCSEs (grades A-C), in subjects like maths, engineering, ICT, English or science.
This southern town in London is a booming cultural area, in a prime location for workers who need to commute. Found close to Gatwick Airport, and only a fifteen minute train journey from East Croydon to the Airport, the large town is easily accessible and has great transport links to various areas across London and indeed across south of England.
Croydon has to offer some very unique attractions too, making it both a nice place to live, and a popular tourist attraction. These include the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, the Museum of Croydon and Boxpark Croydon, to name but a few. These places are bustling tourist and resident attractions, and keep businesses going and residents occupied in the area.
On top of all this, Croydon has many beautiful locations and stunning nature walks to occupy your free time, including Coombe Wood, Wandle Park and Millers Pond.