This year the Australian Welding Institute has experienced significant growth. Our membership has increased by 20% and WeldED subscribers have increased by 41%. We take great pride in being able to provide networking opportunities for our members. We have formed an accepting community of welding professionals who have exchanged knowledge and formed lasting connections. AWI’s is growing as more members became actively involved with our institute for the betterment of welding in Australia.
The welding industry saw a busy start to the year, particularly in the mining, infrastructure and defence sectors. Road and rail infrastructure remained a strong source of opportunity for the Australian welding industry with many projects continuing to arise across the nation. There are promising signs that oil and gas mining may be returning as a viable industry next year providing new job opportunities. AWI is optimistic about the coming year and strongly believe it will be a successful year for the industry. In these challenging times, it’s imperative that we continue optimising welding processes through automation, mechanism and staff training.
Thank you to all who provided their feedback by completing our inaugural member survey. We had an overwhelming response to the survey and are working to implement the many constructive ideas that were suggested to us. Your responses have helped the board identify what’s working well and where the specific areas for improvement are. We are constantly working towards improving the member experience and have some exciting changed coming in 2020!
We’d like to thank our members and sponsors for their continued support. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you and look forward to providing more resources and opportunities for the welding industry in the new year.