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AKVA group Chile has recently run a welding course for women via the AKVA Academy - a way to both secure qualified labour and promote gender equality

Nine women graduated from AKVA's welding course

AKVA Chile began its welder’s training programme in January. Since then, several courses have been completed with excellent results. Eight welders graduated from the first course at the end of February, and due to its success, a second class was offered, leading to 10 more welders graduating on 20 April. Another course was then designed specifically to address the issue of gender equality in the production area of the company.

“AKVA Academy is about people, opportunities and realising potential. With the great professional knowledge and experience our team has, and our responsibility as a company to create new work opportunities, we have developed courses that ensure new staff are trained according to the AKVA standards,” says Andrew Campbell, AKVA's regional president in the Americas and Australasia.

The welding course for women, focusing on theoretical and practical instruction, began on the 7 May and nine female apprentices graduated on 21 June. They come from a range of different backgrounds including risk prevention, social work and family management, and are all now integrated into different areas of the production department where they continue perfecting their welding skills and production knowledge.

As a result AKVA group Chile now has a new and diverse group of well-trained welders, fully integrated into the company’s production team.

“As AKVA group Chile, we are very pleased with the results of AKVA Academy. We will continue promoting these kinds of opportunities and doing everything necessary to be a responsible partner to our clients,” Campbell concludes.

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