Wednesday, 23 August 2017 18:24

Metal Mentors: Industry Organizations Collaborate to Support Students and Careers in Metal Working

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced three initiatives to support students and schools focused on skilled trade- and manufacturing-related careers. 


First, ESAB has announced the WeldItForward student and school contest, which offers equipment, filler metal and cash prizes with a total retail value exceeding $97,000. 


Second, ESAB is the exclusive equipment sponsor for the Paley-James Project, a collaboration between Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame and world-renowned sculpture artist Albert Paley. Each artist will start one sculpture, but finish the other. The works will be unveiled on Nov. 6 at the FABTECH 2017 Exposition in Chicago and auctioned two weeks later. Proceeds will support grants, scholarships and educational opportunities created by the educational foundations of the five FABTECH co-sponsors: American Welding Society (AWS), Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), Precision Metal Forming Association (PMA) and SME (previously the Society of Manufacturing Engineers). 



Third, ESAB has created metalmentors.com, a website that includes the WeldItForward contest entry portal, news on the Paley-James Project and scholarship, grant and career-related information from AWS, CCAI, FMA, PMA, SME and ESAB.




“The Metal Mentors website is a single, collaborative content destination from six organizations that pay it forward to the next generation. The site links to financial, educational and informational resources,” says Shyam Kambeyanda, President, ESAB. “By working together, we create greater possibilities for supporting the skilled trades and manufacturing and engineering careers targeting secondary and post-secondary students in technical education, manufacturing and engineering programs.”

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