Local employers from the plumbing and gas industry have joined students and staff at Herefordshire and Ludlow College to celebrate the opening of the new Gas Assessment Centre this week. The state of the art centre is the first of its kind in the county, enabling tradespeople to renew their qualifications locally without the additional expense and time of travelling out of county. Those wishing to retrain as gas engineers or plumbers can take advantage of the new facilities achieving all the qualifications they need from one training provider.
Self-employed Gas Engineer Tim Millard recently used the centre to renew his gas engineering certification which professionals are required to do every five years, “It used to be a nightmare trying to access training locally. I have had a fantastic experience with the College; I won’t be going anywhere else in the future.”
Jon Shepard, Area Sales Manager and Margaret Jovanovski, Training Coordinator from Vokèra were guest speakers at the event and there to cut the ribbon. Margaret commented, “I am very pleased to be here today to support the new gas centre. We started sponsoring the Level 3 learners as part of Vokèra’s College Partnership Scheme over two years ago and have really watched the centre grow. It is great to be able to support new trainees into the industry and supply them with the best equipment possible to do so.”
Students on college-level courses studying full-time and progressing to Level 3 as well as apprentices are all using the Centre to gain the necessary skills to progress in the industry. Gas Centre Co-ordinator, Paul Skidmore commented, “We’re thrilled to have the centre up and running. It has already made a massive difference to so many local tradespeople and is a great boost for Herefordshire businesses. A big thank you to Vokèra, who we have worked with to build the centre, it has been a successful partnership.”