Young Welder of the Year 2015

Jaco van Deventer has won the Young Welder of the Year 2015 competition and will go on to represent South Africa at the WorldSkills competition to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 11 – 16 August 2015.

“Jaco is only 20, but the quality of his work is beyond his years. We are hoping for a competitive showing by him in Sao Paolo,” says SAIW’s Etienne Nell, the Young Welder of the Year convenor. Jaco, who is apprenticed at Steinmüller – a multi-service provider to the power generation and petrochemical industries – faced tough competition this year, and only beat overall runner-up Romario Arendse from West Coast College by 1.25 points.

Nell says that participation in the Young Welder of the Year competition is growing. “The competition has generated a great deal of interest from all over the country. With 20 finalists, we had a record number of nominees this year and as this has become the foremost skills test for young welders in South Africa, we expect participation to continue growing.”

Jim Guild, SAIW retiring executive director says that the competition is an industry initiative and would not survive without its sponsors. “We are grateful for our sponsors who understand the growing importance of this competition in terms of encouraging welding as an exciting and sustainable career for the youth.”
The 2015 competition was sponsored by: Abicor Binzel, Afrox, AFSA, Air Products South Africa, ArcelorMittal, Columbus Stainless, ESAB, Hulamin, Laser Cut Varios, Macsteel VRN, Sangari, Sassda, Thuthuka Welding Products and Welding Alloys South Africa.

Meanwhile the SAIW branch in Cape Town is moving ahead strongly, offering a wide range of welding courses. These include: Welding Inspector, Senior Welding Inspector, Appreciation of Welding for Engineers, Foundation Week and Competent Persons –Steam Generators and Pressure Vessels, AWS D1.1 Codes Training and more.