In the early years of his career in welding, Jon Pearsall served a five year apprenticeship as a Pipe Fitter Welder. He subsequently used his welding qualifications to work in several countries around the world, including some interesting years working in the off-shore oil and gas industry. He then progressed to lecturing in welding, as well as building a successful small welding and fabrication business which began offering welder qualifications in 1979.
Jon has always been part of various committees responsible for setting welding standards, and remains active on such committees today.
He is a long serving member of TWI (The Welding Institute), and was voluntary Chairman of the AWFTE (Association for Welding and Fabrication, Training and Education) which is part of TWI, for eight years. In 2004, Jon was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from TWI.
SkillWeld (main sponsor Air Products) is the national annual competition for UK welders and is the progression route for welding competitors to the WorldSkills events. Jon has been an active member of the SkillWeld Committee, as well as being one of the competition’s judges, since 1998. He is also a judge for ShipWeld (sponsered by ESAB), an annual welding competition designed for shipyards and a feeder event into SkillWeld.
Jon is also a national judge for The BOC Apprentice Welding Competition. This is an annual welding competition, with National Finals held in England, Scotland and Wales, and a UK Final held at TWI in October. Pearsall Training & Consultancy also plays a key role in the administration and organisation of this competition.
In his personal life, Jon has been married to Cheryl for over thirty years and has four grown up children. He is also Chair of Governors at a special school in Worcester, and an active executive committee member of F40, an education group seeking to have a fairer deal for children in terms of educational funding. He is a keen walker, cyclist and footpath volunteer, and has been known to induce instant sleep in others by relating tales of his bike rides!