Eastleigh College works in partnership with leading utility and network providers to up-skill gas and electrical engineers, using the latest technology.
In a bid to cut bills, the government has set a target to install 53 million high-tech gas and electricity meters in homes by 2020. To support this initiative and in response to the growing demand for this specialism, the College is currently working in partnership with 3R Global, to develop a training package benefitting engineers in the industry. The first cohort recently completed the 10 week course and is now installing smart meters in homes across the country.
Amy Carter, Senior Consultant – Utilities & Smart Energy Solutions at 3R Global, tells us why this partnership has been such a success “Working with Eastleigh College and been a rewarding experience. The passion the trainer Alan has for smart metering along with the new state-of-the-art training academy is the reason we now have 32 newly qualified engineers.”
Morrison Utility Services is one of the businesses to benefit from the new training package, resulting in 21 newly qualified engineers. Rob Wood, Operations Manager at Morrison Utility Services explains, “The College has been very accommodating to ensure our engineers have the knowledge, best possible experience and support as they start their new work as Smart Meter Dual Fuel installers. The flexible and comprehensive course has been exemplary and has significantly benefited the staff we have trained through Eastleigh College.”
National Grid Smart also has a leading role in the industry and has been involved in the assessment process at the College. Shaun Bennett, Assessor at National Grid Smart highlighted, “I’ve been to various training providers around the country and I am very happy with the training Eastleigh College offers. It’s definitely up there at the top.”
Alan Moth, dual professional in Plumbing, Gas and Smart Metering at Eastleigh College is thrilled with the results, "I’m so proud of my newly qualified engineers who are now out on the patch equipped with skills preparing them for what the future holds in industry.”
One of Eastleigh College's governors, Councillor Judith Grajewski, has been appointed Local Authority Director of Solent LEP. This Local Enterprise Partnership brings the business community together with the further education and higher education sector to ensure a prosperous and sustainable economic future in the region.
Eastleigh College has been awarded AoC Beacon Status in two areas, in recognition of its excellent support for students, and for the College’s work with employers, providing professional training and delivering skills to help grow the economy.