Stainless Steel and Aluminium Welding Academy (SSAWA) was established in Christchurch in December 1998. It is a small provider, preparing students for employment in industry as welders. Students are acquiring practical skills and knowledge of a wide range of welding processes. Health and safety units and an introduction to the workshop are followed by a range of unit standards, including theory and practical tasks, which introduce students to most welding processes and prepare them for different work environments. SSAWA meets learner needs through a good level of academic support and pastoral care, offered in a small and well-equipped learning environment.