Grand opening of the College’s new Gas Centre

20 April 2016

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The College’s new Gas Centre was officially opened last week, signalling a new era for gas industry training in the New Forest.

The dedicated facility at the College’s Marchwood Skills Centre will deliver a range of BPEC accredited courses.

This includes the ACS qualification which leads to full Gas Safe registration and must be renewed every five years.

As well as gas, new and experienced engineers can apply for courses in plumbing and heating, including solar heating, for both domestic and commercial premises.

The venture sees the College forge new partnerships with big industry names like Valor and Ferroli, who have supported the new centre by donating training equipment.

Furthermore, it is thought that the size and quality of the Gas Centre will enable the College to beat the average cost of training by around £200.

Head of Construction Geoff Coughlan said: “The hard work of Brockenhurst College staff, along with the backing of BPEC and local employers, makes this facility a leading light for gas industry training in our region.

“Importantly, we extend our sincere thanks to Valor and Ferroli for their very generous donations of equipment,” he added.

Allan McKenzie from BPEC said:It is a fantastic centre with a great team to support candidates in their training and assessment. Well done to all of the team at Marchwood.”

Graeme Collyer from Valor Gas Fires said: “Our partnership with Brockenhurst College will provide the students with valuable, hands-on experience with market-leading products.”