Hartlepool students granted behind-the-scenes access as they look to weld a bright future

The students were given a behind-the-scenes look at Katmex, in Stockton-on-Tees.
The students were given a behind-the-scenes look at Katmex, in Stockton-on-Tees.
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Students from Hartlepool were granted access all areas by a firm as they look to weld a successful career.

The 10 students, who are studying their BTEC Level 1 in Fabrication and Welding at Hartlepool College of Further Education, visited Katmex, in Stockton.

The students were given a behind-the-scenes look at Katmex, in Stockton-on-Tees.

The students were given a behind-the-scenes look at Katmex, in Stockton-on-Tees.

They were given an insight into a real working environment as they saw staff carrying out their daily work, while they were given an explanation on how the business operated and which machinery was used.

Cliff Down, who led the tour, said: “We have great facilities in the workshops at Hartlepool College of Further Education and they are working hands-on a lot of the time.

“But nothing beats the sounds and smells of a working plant. It makes me want to get back on the tools myself.

“Hopefully the students who visited Katmex will now have a better understanding of what goes on in a business of this nature, and that will help them as they continue to progress through their course.

Hopefully the students who visited Katmex will now have a better understanding of what goes on in a business of this nature

Cliff Down

“I’d like to thank David and the team at Katmex for being so welcoming, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Katmex has more 100 employees and provides the large steel parts to build heavy machinery, such as diggers and cranes.

It has the capacity to process 2,500 tonnes of steel plates each month.

The tour was also led by Katmex managing director David Mitchell, who has overseen the running of the business for the past 10 years.

He said: “It is great to see the next generation of welders and fabricators coming to see what we are all about.

“They were all very keen and interested in what goes on at the plant, and we thoroughly enjoyed having them here.”

Last year, two students at the college – Anthony Smith and Scott Pearson – were crowned as the best technicians in the UK at a prestigious ceremony hosted by The Welding Institute at Cambridge University.

For more information about the Fabrication and Welding course at Hartlepool College, as well as other details about opportunities on offer at the campus, call 01429 295111 or visit www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk.