CWB Group and TWF Signs MOU to Promote Welding Personnel Qualification, Certification in Canada and Africa
The Welding Federation (TWF) and Canadian Welding Bureau Group (CWB Group) are both pleased to announce to Africa’s manufacturing industry of a TWF – CWB memorandum of understanding effective 14th of August,2023.
This memorandum of understanding details mutual recognition of personnel qualification certificates from both bodies. Specifically, it implies mutual recognition and promotion TWF personnel qualification diplomas in Canada’s manufacturing industry and its domain of influence, and correspondingly CWB personnel certification system in Africa’s industries.
CWB is an institution with close to one hundred years of top-level performance history with several ice breaking contributions to the welding industry globally. A firm reputation in premium services and a wide collection of high-quality welding standards and codes developed through years of research and data gathering. Expert opinion will readily posit that CWB implements the most rigorous welding standards and personnel qualification requirements across different spectrums and areas of specialization globally.
Ayo Adeniyi, Executive Director of TWF states “In Africa, we need jobs, because there are more idle than engaged hands. Unfortunately, either ignorantly or by deliberate misguidance we have often confused activities for productivity, motion for accomplishments and most importantly, certificates for empowerment. While skill consists, it is but a component of the empowerment matrix. What Africa needs is an industry solution, not simply empowerment. Skill is indeed today’s global currency, but smart countries are steadily creating or integrating into ecosystems in which this skill currency is valuable and can be expended. TWF has now established that ecosystem with super and sub level integration systems across Africa’s industries.”
The TWF-CWB group collaboration is a perfect union in a perfect time that is sure to make positive impact for Africa in terms of identity management, building capacity, creating opportunities locally, securing access to opportunities beyond Africa, and with time research support. In two opinion polls conducted in the first and second quarter of 2023 with a focus Africa’s perception on access to professional opportunities, hospitality of locals, as well as access to good and safe living, North America came distance first, ahead of other continents.
The willingness demonstrated by CWB to establish this MOU in support of African content is a testimony to the opinion of Africans on the open and egalitarian disposition of the North Americans, led by Canada. In the coming days, TWF will hold sessions to improve awareness and understanding of Canada’s CSA standards and codes in welding and encourage companies to adopt these standards on projects across Africa and CSA standards will be available on the TWF platform.
TWF activities and proposals are vetted solutions to address critical hold points primarily for continental interests. In the next few months, other solutions will be announced accordingly for the overall interest of Africans.
Thanks to the wisdom and unalloyed commitment of members of TWF board on the vision and passion to establish the emerging narrative, to put Africa on the scene, to grow Africa, not to compete with other continents or economies, but to complement the effort of leading economies in improving the global standard of living by reducing unemployment, eliminating social crisis, as well as addressing punchline of SDG goals.
TWF-CWB MOU will empower Africans with both the skill to build the expertise required to grow several branches of Africa’s industries, and also equip Africans with access to opportunities in Canada’s industries, specifically in boiler making and automotive welding, where and when the need arises.
Full accreditation of Vocational Training Institutions (private and public) within the TWF network will commence by last quarter of 2024 for implementation of TWF Welder and welding Inspector programs, as well as CWB Boiler welder and Automotive welder programs for those that demonstrate capacity. The latter will serve to formalize Africa’s automotive repair industries, professionalize the practice, and create access to jobs both within and beyond Africa.
The TWF network currently spans across 16 member countries in Africa and growing. The purpose of TWF as Africa’s table of solutions in manufacturing is to keep building capacities, sustaining frameworks for the integration of national capacities and resources, and optimize opportunities associated with manufacturing industry across all of Africa’s members states at an Africanized cost.
TWF 2nd Annual Assembly and conference on “Materials Manufacturing Technologies- Managing Capacity Africa” is scheduled to hold from 5-8 March,2024 in Lagos, Nigeria.