Addressing the Middle East’s Skilled Labor Shortage in the Middle East

The Middle East is facing a shortage of skilled labor, particularly in the field of welding. This shortage is having a significant impact on the timely completion of projects. To address this issue, there is a need for effective welding training solutions that can increase local participation in the labor force. In this article, we will explore some potential solutions to this problem.

Shortage of Skilled Labor

Recent reports indicate that skilled labor shortages affect the Middle East, especially welding. Welders play a crucial role in ensuring the timely completion of projects. In order to increase local participation in the labor market, most governments have launched initiatives to encourage the private sector to hire locals.

Efficient Training and Assessment solutions from Miller

Fabricators must equip themselves with training and assessment tools that will help novice and experienced welders learn and analyze their skills in order to attract a skilled workforce. In order to improve key skills, such systems should provide real-time feedback.

Beginner welders benefit from classroom welding experience, but a real-time welding simulation and a virtual reality-enabled system offered by Miller is a cutting-edge training solution that offers cost savings and efficiency. This software simulates welding processes such as SMAW, GMAW & GTAW by combining real-world information with computer-generated images for a realistic simulation that closely mimics live arc welding.

The benefits for the user are that it sounds like actual welding with metal workpieces, welding beads, and welding arcs. The trainer can observe the trainee’s progress in real-time while giving feedback to the user. Miller’s virtual reality-enabled training solutions save companies money on welding coupons, wire, gas, and electricity.

Real-time feedback helps welder trainees correct errors and adapt to proper technique in real-time. Before they move on to the actual welding process, this helps them learn quickly and prepare properly.

The younger generation is more accustomed to intelligent technologies, and a virtual reality welding simulation system will help computer-savvy applicants to understand and explore the opportunities the welding industry offers. Compared to a real welding environment, classroom training allows them to adapt more quickly.

The curriculum which comes with the systems can be utilized for periodic assessment of the new trainees to ensure their progress is being recorded and encouraged.

Getting ready for the Future

To attract a new workforce into the welding segment, the industry has to adapt to new technologies and solutions like virtual reality-based systems which help to improve training efficiency and enable fabricators to meet the needs of stringent quality requirements. 

Training Solutions from Miller

MobileArc™ Augmented Reality Welding System

An affordable, easy-to-use welding simulation tool designed to attract, engage and introduce students to welding through a hands-on augmented reality experience. Augmented Reality Welding System. 

AugmentedArc® Augmented Reality Welding System

A highly realistic multiprocess welding simulation solution for classroom training. For beginner to advanced-level weld students, the AugmentedArc system simulates multiple welding processes, blending real-world and computer-generated images into a unique, augmented reality environment.

AugmentedArc® Augmented Reality Welding System

 A reality-based recruiting, screening, and training solution. Weld operators benefit from both weld simulations and the incomparable real-world experience of live arc welding. In both modes, LiveArc provides instant, valuable feedback on welding techniques to quickly help build skills.


Welding workforce diversity has been a challenge for fabricators. Employers have been compelled to meet stipulated workforce ratios by laws framed by governments. It is indeed challenging for fabricators to attract young talent to welding. 

With Miller, you can meet one of the toughest challenges in welding. Check out our website,, for the complete range of Augmented Reality welding solutions.

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