Date: Tuesday June 2, 2015 at 8:32am
A former sergeant in the British Army is realising his
ambition to become a highly qualified welding inspector thanks to industry
training from TWI.
Stephen Norrish, who served in the military for 22 years, has
just passed his European Welding Federation/International Institute of Welding
and (EWF/IIW) International Welding Specialist Diploma, and already has his eye
on achieving the next level of qualification in 2015.
Stephen joined the Royal Electrical and
Mechanical Engineers two months before his 18th birthday, beginning
a career that would see him stationed in Europe, North America, the Middle East
and the South Atlantic. During this time he was employed as a metalsmith,
gaining civilian qualifications in welding, so he was well placed to move into
a commercial welding role upon leaving the army.
When Stephen left the army he turned to TWI for training that
would allow him to progress his career as an engineer and develop his skills as
a welding inspector.
‘A few colleagues had mentioned that they were considering
moving into welding inspection, and after meeting with someone who did it for a
living I decided it sounded right for me,’ he explained.
‘I had a look online for the right course and found TWI and
CSWIP straight away. I started off with the CSWIP 3.1 Welding Inspector course
and then decided that I wanted to continue my training with the EWF/IIW Diploma
at International Welding Specialist level.
‘In order to continue my newly chosen course, I sought
employment with a major fabricator and was fortunate enough to be employed by
one of the best in the industry: Bourne Steel.’
Bourne Steel has sponsored Stephen throughout, providing him
with funding and time off to complete the training through TWI.
Having gained International Welding Specialist certification,
in 2015 Stephen will begin studying for the next level in the diploma, to become
an International Welding Technologist. To reach the relevant academic
qualifications required for that EWF/IIW engineering level, Stephen will study
materials fabrication and welding via the Open University.
“Just as I did when in the army, I’m always looking for the
next career step, and to achieve the absolute best that I can,” he said.
With such obvious drive and dedication, the full support of
his employer, and access to industry-leading training from TWI, there is no
reason to doubt that former Sergeant Stephen Norrish will go on to achieve his
TWI is the world’s largest provider of training in
non-destructive testing (NDT), welding, welding inspection and a host of allied
has a long history of supporting armed forces personnel and offers a wide range
of courses accredited by ELCAS. The company is also a preferred supplier to the
Career Transition Partnership resettlement service, and proud to count a number
of ex-armed forces personnel among its staff.
For information about
training opportunities with TWI, please visit www.twitraining.com