During a tour of the innovative new labs, he commented on the forward-thinking approach of the college and its renewable energies facilities, saying: “This really is the future.”
Earlier this year, the state-of-the-art training centre was the first of its kind to open in a further education college. It was funded through the Department for Education’s Strategic Development Fund, to enable delivery of high-quality technical education, which supports green technologies and the vital low carbon energy industry.
The Minister saw the facilities where installation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic panels, air source heat pumps and battery storage are taught. He heard how training in these technologies is now available at the college for 16-18 year olds following relevant qualifications, as well as experienced tradespeople looking to upskill and re-qualify. He also discussed the importance of this technology in new housing developments and industry.
The minister met students and apprentices who are following vocational and technical qualifications, who discussed why they chose college and their course, and how other students might be encouraged to follow the same routes.