EWF's unique harmonised qualification system for European Welding Practitioner has been recognised as equivalent to Hungary's national qualifications framework level 4, paving the way for Hungarian welding practitioners to see their competences recognised throughout the countries that use EWF's Qualification Framework.

Welding qualifications, as is the case with many activities, have evolved over the years, as National, European and even International bodies responded to changing business requirements. But, as companies and production processes become increasingly global, it is fundamental to have a harmonised approach covering all aspects within manufacturing to ensure the results coming from any given location have the same quality level, and that workforce performance and technical prowess are also harmonised.

That is the rationale behind the launch of the MAKE-IT project, that aimed at redefining the "European Welding Practitioner" professional profile, addressing the market need for qualified people in welding technology and with competences not only in the "old" processes but also in the "new", advanced ones.

A significant milestone of that vision has now been reached, ensuring that skills and qualifications can be easily recognised across borders. This achievement was made possible by the strong engagement of the Hungarian Association of Welding Technology and Material Testing (MHtE), as well as of MATRAI Welding Ltd., welding training and education centre for certification and qualification, and the Heves County Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HKIK).

According to Prof Luísa Coutinho, EWF's Executive Director, "we are very pleased to achieve this important milestone, which highlights the benefits that have led to the adoption of our unique qualification system by the industry and our partners in Hungary. We welcome the decision from the Hungarian Government and look forward to continuing working with them in addressing their workforce qualification needs".

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