New generation of welders, read our article to learn about what the CWB group can offer to the professional welder working to revolve a long term career.
Our Remove The Fume team recently enjoyed a conversation with the Mr. Dan Tadic of the CWB Group. We learned about the vital aspects of the group, benefits of membership, continuing education, all things learning and development and career opportunities for professional welders. This article will inform the new generation of welders all the benefits of membership and all the CWB group has to offer to support career growth.
Our highlights included discussing learning and development, continuing education available, networking in the industry and available career portals for welding industry professionals. We hope to share information for the new generation of welders to learn how to make the most of the tools and resources available to the new generation of welders. Learn all about what the CWB can offer with resources to benefit the career of a professional welder.
The CWB Group provides a forum for welding community professionals to exchange information, participate in learning and development and continuing education programs. Please explain to the welding community ways they can grow their career in a discipline of choice through the benefits of membership.
The CWB Association aims to inform, educate, and connect all welding professionals on a global scale. We provide a wide variety of knowledge and resources and are dedicated to be your one-stop shop for welding-related resources, events and much more. We aim to offer a membership that fits each individual’s needs. Some features of membership that can be enjoyed are access to WELD; our quarterly magazine which provides articles of interest on welding, industry updates, access to our members-only portal with hundreds of conference papers, presentations and publications. The job portal can be found at www.weldinginudstryjobs.org which serves as a tool to match employers and job seekers. Our members enjoy affinity benefits with discounts on hotels, home and auto insurance, car rentals plus much more.
The annual CanWeld Conference
If you are looking to network with other industry professionals, come out to our tenth annual CanWeld Conference which boasts industry speakers, and various networking opportunities. A countrywide event that moves between the Eastern and Western provinces to serve a national audience, this year’s conference will serve Canada’s aerospace, mining, agriculture, shipbuilding and submarine industries, plus, offshore oil and gas and maintenance and repair. The conference attracts industry professionals from coast to coast and remains committed to providing the best-in-class service to all its stakeholders.
The CWB Group – learn about the seven main groups:
Our people and services help define our success. The CWB Group is a progressive organization dedicated to the growth of quality welding in Canada as well as abroad. Currently, our activities are divided into seven main groups: CWB Association, CWB Education, CWBi Acorn, an online training tool used by over 50% of Canada’s colleges and high schools, CWB Consulting services, CWB Certification, CWB Registration (ISO) and the CWB Welding Foundation. Our central business units have unique qualities that serve the CWB Group’s overarching mission; to invest in the future of the welding industry.– The CWB Group, Canadian Welding Bureau
CWB Education is Canada’s leading educational resource for welding and non-destructive testing/evaluation training.
In support of the welding, joining and inspection industry, CWB Education provides training for the vast majority of Canadian welding inspectors and supervisors, as well being the only national body accredited to issuing qualifications for welding engineers. With qualified instructors and training facilities located across Canada, CWB Education can offer students and their employers a range of education options from custom on-site training to self-paced online learning. CWB Education also provides additional courses tied to welding sales professionals, non-welding engineers, building officials as well as high school and post-secondary instructors and students. A welding bursary is offered annually to encourage students in the welding community to continue learning and development. Learn about the Nicole LeClair Welding Bursday award.
Learning and Development: A vital mission of the CWB Group is to drive both knowledge and competency through the development of a new national training program for welding and fabrication professionals.
– The CWB Group, Canadian Welding Bureau
Learning and development offered by CWB Education. The program is fully funded by the CWB Group to showcase our commitment to giving back to the industry that supports it and creating the one thing that the welding industry needs most to succeed- well-trained employees. The fundamental purpose of this state-of-the-art program is to provide future welders and fabricators with the right tools at an early stage which will benefit them in reaching their career goals. Acorn is free to all high schools within Canada and also provides an extremely affordable turn-key solution to our public post-secondary institutions, trade schools, and private career colleges. Welding and fabrication skills are the cornerstone of modern industry and having a national training program for the welding industry will benefit everyone.
Please tell us more about the CWB Groups not for profit division the CWB Association and how a new generation of welders can utilize the program to further succeed in a professional career as a welder.
Learning and development offerings for continuing education and certification programs on specific disciplines. New Generation welders can achieve excellence in career growth through learning and development to grow knowledge through the CWB Groups programs to qualify as an expert in a discipline of choice.
What we’re trying to do is grow the industry and prosper by providing information through resources such as WELD, industry announcements, chapter events. We have student chapters, and they’ve worked their way up; university chapters have gone on to run their association chapters to now running a significant chapter within the association. Need to get their hands dirty and learn a skill, and once they’ve acquired that skill, they have pathways to further their career and become welders, engineers, etc. There are many different pathways to consider, and opportunities are endless. They can travel the world, and they’re not limited to staying local.
(EWAT) Enhanced Welding Apprentice Training
Recently, we’ve implemented the Enhanced Welding Apprentice Training (EWAT) initiative to launch in 5 select cities across Canada over the next 5 years years (Hamilton, Halifax, Moncton, Saskatoon and Vancouver). We can all appreciate that an employer hires an apprentice with the best intention of training the apprentice to the best of their ability. However, the apprentice’s development and success are a result of many variables, including what processes are used, what products are being produced and the quality of mentoring. Often, many employers are very specialized and have a small number of operations and products in their shops, which has the potential of limiting the apprentice’s skill development.
The design of the EWAT program addresses these challenges. It is a 3-year apprenticeship model wherein the apprentice will work for three different employers for approximately a one-year term. During these terms, we work with the participating employer to ensure the apprentice is exposed to learning a diversity of products and processes. Mentoring, training, and regular evaluation will bring a level of professionalism and accountability to enhance the value to the employer, their business, and the apprentice.
In addition we are developing EWAT2.0 to provide tools to:
- Employers: to quickly asses apprentices and new hires skills and a fit for the organization, etc.
- Mentors: guides for mentoring apprentices, keeping track of logbook, communication meetings, etc.
- Apprentices: how to find an employer, how to prepare for an interview, where to find funding and grants and how to apply, etc.
CWB is also ensuring that critical metrics and outcomes are measured throughout the five-year window to ensure we have the information to successfully advocate for changes to government and educational decision-makers and funders. The research component will also include a Labour Market Analysis report to determine the number of welders required by 2025.
Additional benefits of being a member of the CWB Group
Please explain to our welding professional community how the CWB offers CE programs, certification and other resources available through the organization.
Certification, Qualification, Registration, and applying a consistent approach to the trade are the backbone of welding. This helps define the benchmarks and rules everyone in the industry needs to follow for mutual success. We understand, and we need to provide services that not only address our domestic market but reflect the realities of a global marketplace. The CWB Group is involved at all levels in:
- Welding standards: Testing to a range of welding standards
- Welder skills: welder assessments and qualification
- Weld quality: welding supervisor, engineer, inspector testing and qualification
- Welding process: review, acceptance and registration of welding procedures and quality systems
- Welding workplace: testing and certification of welding consumables
Thank you for the opportunity to share the benefits of the CWB Groups organization with our next generation of welders and fabricators. We can build the road to a better tomorrow. Smart informed professionals make all the difference.