The Butte County Office of Education had organized a welding boot camp intended for adults. The crash course will lasts for eight weeks and classes are already ongoing. Their main goal for organizing the welding crash course is to help adults find a skilled job immediately. The staffs of Mig welders in Australia are happy to hear this news because of the shortage of welders in the industry all over the world.
The classes are divided into two sessions and the first session started on January 22 and will last until March 14. The second session started on January 23 until March 15. Interested applicants will have to wait for the next boot camp because enrolment ended on January 18. The classes on the first session are held every Monday and Wednesday with class duration of four hours every day while schedule of the second session is Tuesday and Thursday. The class starts at 8 in the morning until 12 noon and the venue is in Chico.
Enrollers had to pay $875 for either session with inclusions of safety glasses, gloves and welding materials. The minimum age for enrolled students is 16 years old. The tools will be provided by the instructor but the students are required to wear work boots as well as pants.
This will mark as the first trade skills to be offered in eight weeks of crash course. The Office of Education said that elders play an important role in various industries such as aviation, construction, service and maintenance, manufacturing, and autobody.
Kate Leyden, owner of Chico’s Valley Contractors Exchange, is the main support of the program. She said that the skilled trades are currently looking for more employees and the work is recommended for all gender. The career can be fulfilling, long lasting and can lead to different paths later on. The shortage for skilled workers is felt by different industries.
On the last two weeks of the boot camp, students who are qualified will be assigned in local businesses. They are required to fulfill 30 hours of internship with no pay. According to the staffs at Mig welders, internship is the first step to getting a full time job as a welder.