COLLEGE chiefs have earned recognition from master welders for their expertise.

Tutors at Themis, Burnley College's training arm, have secured accreditation from The Welding Institute.

Hannah Cutler, the outfit's head of engineering, said: "Our specialist staff within the welding division of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Excellence have worked tirelessly to reach the rigorous standards demanded by TWI to earn this."

Neil Burrows, a Themis director, added: "The role of welders within the engineering industry must never be under-estimated. Their specialist skills and knowledge are vital to ensure the safety of a diverse range of structures."