HENRI Jones has achieved professional welding qualifications at only 13 years old. He successfully carried out a welder approval qualification test of a multi-layer inline plate butt weld and multi-layer T-joint fillet weld and is now a coded welder, working to British and European standards.
These qualifications were carried out in the MAG (Metal Active Gas) welding process, in accordance with the BS EN ISO 9606-1:2017 standard, which will enable Henri to work professionally as a welder when he is old enough.
Welding is in the family. Henri, a pupil at Llandovery College, has learnt from his father, skilled welder Dafydd Jones, owner of D Jones Welding, on the family farm at Llandeilo. Henri’s mother Alex and uncle Wesley are both directors of steel-frame buildings company Shufflebottom Ltd at Cross Hands.
“We are tremendously proud of Henri’s achievement,” said Alex. “We think he may be the youngest coded welder in the UK. We can’t be sure, because there is no national database, but it would be surprising to find a younger one.”
Welding tester Aaron Wicks of AW Inspection Services, Bridgwater, Somerset, who assesses welding candidates in South Wales and South West England, said he did not know of a younger coded welder.
“Henri listens very well, which is essential” said Aaron, who added that Henri has good awareness of health and safety.
At school, design and technology is one of Henri’s favourite subjects, alongside art and sport – he is also a keen rugby player and has often played for Llandovery College in his age group.