Welding

welding

This often overlooked trade is, these days, a highly specialised and very well remunerated discipline. No longer the ‘poor man’ amongst the trades, welding is vital to almost every key industrial and manufacturing sector in our economy. There is a significant skills shortage in welding and as a trained welding and fabrication engineer your skills could take you all over the world – whether your preference is to be employed or self-employed, the opportunities are considerable.

The course starts with the Weldability-Sif Foundation programme and then follows the TWI progression structure through levels 2 and 3 using EAL certificated programmes, together with options for NVQ work-based accreditation and European Code test certification.

The objective is for you to become a fully qualified welder allowing you to work almost anywhere in the engineering industry, regardless of your current level of ability or experience. Together with the EAL qualifications and the first code test you will obtain, it will equip you for the real world demands that you will face as a welder with skill and confidence.

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Plumbing

plumbing

Our course covers all you need to become a domestic plumbing and heating engineer and covers the syllabus of City & Guilds 6189-11 qualification as well as the BPEC Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations. Even with little or no prior knowledge, this course will allow you to absorb the knowledge and skills you need to succeed and will build speedily and steadily to the point where you are ready to pass your assessments.

The very best learning experience reflects a blended approach and combines book-based underpinning theory supported by multimedia interactive content and e-learning supported by PC based 3D simulations and intensive practical workshops. Our multiple certification programme will prepare you with all the essential skills required to either get a job or to be able to work legally on a self-employed basis. Many of our students are adult career changers and our courses are designed to allow study to sit alongside other work and family commitments. There is no better way to gain the trades skills the country needs and remember, this programme would allow a natural progression path into other related disciplines, such as renewable energy, gas engineering or, of course, to progress to the 6189 qualification at Level 3.

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Electrics

electrics

Our course covers all you need to become a fully qualified domestic electrical installer and covers an industry certification in Essential Electrics, Part-P Defined Scope and Full Scope, and three important City & Guilds qualifications, including the C&G 2382-10, 17th edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations. Even with little or no prior knowledge, this course will allow you to absorb the knowledge and skills you need to succeed and will build speedily and steadily to the point where you are ready to pass your assessments and certifications.

The very best learning experience reflects a blended approach and combines book-based underpinning theory supported by multimedia interactive content and e-learning supported by PC based 3D simulations and intensive practical workshops. Our multiple certification programme will prepare you with all the essential skills required to either get a job or to be able to work legally on a self-employed basis.

These vital skills are much in demand and there remains a significant need for skilled and properly qualified individuals to fill this gap. Equipped with all you need to enter into employment or to ‘go it alone’ on a self-employed basis, this course could be your stepping stone to a lucrative and enjoyable future.

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Renewable Energy

renewables

Given the Government’s commitment of achieving UK & EU renewable energy targets and that there is a nationwide ‘green skills’ shortage across the country, qualifying as a renewable energy engineer could well provide you with ‘skills for life’.

The aim of this course is for you to become a Domestic Renewable Energy Engineer. The first stage of our programme provides a thorough grounding in plumbing principles and technologies such that on successful completion of Stage 1 you would be able lawfully and safely to take on work as a qualified domestic plumbing and heating engineer.

Progressing on the second stage would see you acquire eight further skills and qualifications, including BPEC’s Part P Defined Scope electrical qualification as well as awards in; Domestic Hot Water, Environmental Technology Systems, the Installation and Maintenance of Solar Hot Water Systems, the Installation and Maintenance of Heat Pumps, the Installation and Maintenance of Water Harvesting and Re-use systems as well as certification in Underfloor Heating. All in all, it would prepare you for the considerable challenges and opportunities that a career in renewable energy provides. Put simply, there is no finer renewables training in the UK for adult career changers and others looking to break into the industry.

Renewable energy news

  • Time to move away from Natural Gas - Let’s embrace new and existing renewable energy technologies
    Opinion Piece, Part Two Click here to read Part One. I believe that we can significantly reduce our reliance on natural gas by utilising the renewable energy technologies that we already have. Traditionally the problem with renewables has been around intermittency, output and cost. They have been unable to produce electricity consistently for long periods of […]
  • Natural Gas, a transitionary fuel?
    Opinion Piece, Part One Natural Gas is often branded as a necessary transition fuel. It is commonly portrayed as the cleaner alternative to coal and oil. This was something that the industry was happy to embrace as it allowed for them to be viewed as part of the solution towards tackling climate change, rather than being part of the problem. It has been made […]
  • What is the future of Heat? Part 2: Is Hydrogen the answer?
    In Part 1 of our blog series we looked at the role that heat pumps could play in the future of UK heating. To view that blog click here. What other options are there available that can replace gas as our main source of heating as we move to a net zero carbon economy? One potential solution could be to completely electrify heat. Whilst currently electric heat […]
  • What is the future of Heat? Part 1: heat pumps
    The Government’s advisor the Committee on Climate Change recommended back in March this year that gas heating should be banned in the UK for new homes as of 2025 to help meet climate change obligations. Currently gas is the primary source of heating for around 85% of UK homes. As is evident, currently homes within the UK rely heavily on gas for heating. Ther […]
  • New tidal record is a sign of big things to come
    SIMEC Atlantis a sustainable energy generation company says that its MeyGen tidal turbines have now sent 17.5GWh of renewable electricity to the National Grid, surpassing its previous record of 11GWh. The MeyGen scheme which is situated off the Caithness coast in Scotland involves four tidal turbines which weigh around 200 tonnes each. The CEO of SIMEC Atlan […]
  • Smart Export Guarantee: what you need to know
    The UK government has designed a ‘Smart Export Guarantee’ system which is set to replace the Feed-In-Tariff (FiT) that has been removed as of April 2019. The FiT essentially guaranteed producers of renewable energy a price per KWh of electricity produced as well as a price for the excess energy that producers exported to the grid. To find out more about this […]
  • How homeowners can cut more than just repayments with new green mortgages
    The UK government yesterday launched a £5m fund for the financial sector to begin developing green mortgages as well as a £10m fund to reduce the costs of retrofitting the UK’s housing stock. The initiative aims to reduce the energy consumption of homeowners by rewarding them with cheaper mortgage rates. Once consumers improve the energy rating of their home […]
  • A beginner`s guide to community energy
    Energy prices are on the rise. It was announced in February by Ofgem that 15m households will see their energy bills increase by more than £100 a year as of April 2019. The reason for this rise according to Ofgem, is due to an increase in wholesale costs of big energy suppliers. This announcement came only a month after the government promised to cap energy […]
  • VAT on solar and battery systems set to rise
    It has today been announced that VAT on solar panels and home batteries will increase from 5% to 20% as of October 2019. These changes have come as a huge blow for households hoping to reduce their carbon footprint by installing solar/battery systems.  The proposed tax reforms have come on the same day that MPs are debating the government’s new net zero carb […]
  • What does the public think about climate change?
    The BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker is a good indicator of changes in public attitudes towards topical issues. The study runs four times a year and collects data through interviews. We have summarised the most recent results published by BEIS in May 2019, focusing on topics surrounding energy and climate change. Concern for climate change A striking result was […]

Gas Engineering

gas

Specifically for people with little or no prior gas fitting experience this course is ideal for those who aspire to an industry career as a Certified Domestic Gas Installer. It leads to Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) which provides the qualification needed for Gas Safe registration – a legal requirement to work on gas in the UK. It is the industry accepted route for mature candidates.

The very best learning experience reflects a blended approach and combines book-based underpinning theory supported by multimedia interactive content and e-learning supported by PC based 3D simulations and intensive practical workshops, which takes place in ACS approved assessment centres.

On successful course completion you will have gained the skills, knowledge and qualifications to gain employment and you would have the opportunity to progress into commercial gas related work and environmental technologies such as green energy and solar hot water.

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