Financial Aid Available for Pre-Employment Welding Course
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Financial Aid Available for Pre-Employment Welding Course

The fourth Pre-Employment Welder First Period course was completed this summer.

 The CLAC Career Development College was proud to be able to offer students financial aid for the first time.

 Most students accessing a pre-employment course do not have prior welding experience, so this course was developed specifically for new apprentices who are green to the field. The students underwent 12 weeks of welder training, accessing everything from gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), submerged arc welding (SAW), to gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). While exposure to some processes like GTAW was merely introductory, students mastered other areas of training.

 All of the students walked away with CWB structural certifications in both SMAW and FCAW; a few even left with all position certifications in both processes.

The 12-week course included all of the first period welder theory and practical content, and included the Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) exams at the end. All of the students successfully passed their practical exams, and over half of the attending students are already employed in the industry.

 As a part of the program, all of the students are able to access free or discounted safety training programs through CLAC. We saw students finish the course with first aid, H2S Alive, CSTS, among many other certifications still available for completion through online learning.

 CLAC continues to receive great feedback from students on course content, and we adjust the program after every course so that we are always improving the level of instruction. It was a pleasure to host this program and we look forward to teaching more students in the future and preparing them for a career in welding.

 Our next intake is September 24 to December 14, 2018. Please contact CLAC Training at 888-700-7555 or email welding@clac.ca to register.

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