Gas Safety Week 2021 marks busy year for Eastleigh’s Gas Assessment Centre
The eleventh national campaign to raise awareness of gas safety took place last week and marks the end of a busy year at the Gas Assessment Centre (GAC) in Eastleigh where candidates qualify for both home and business ‘gas safe’ registration.
Since the GAC opened at Eastleigh College in 2008 the number of candidates has grown steadily through word of mouth and good reputation, serving organisations across the south of England with candidates travelling from as far as Guernsey and Kent.
Within the past 12 months the BPEC approved assessment centre has been restructured and expanded to accommodate an increased apprentice intake.
Earlier this month, Rob Barker the BPEC external verifier who conducted the annual surveillance audit reported:
‘...no areas of non-conformity were identified which is impressive because the centre has undergone some significant changes in staff and responsibilities during the past 12 months this along with dealing with disruption due to the COVID pandemic has made it a challenging time, however the changes and maintenance of the centre and processes had been well managed and the team should be congratulated.’
Alan Moth, GAC Co-ordinator, with 42 years' experience in the gas industry is well known as both a trainer and assessor by many organisations whose operatives attend Eastleigh College for their gas assessment training:
Jacqui O'Neill, Talent & Development Partner, SGN commented: ‘Eastleigh College is a trusted training provider, ensuring our gas engineers operate strictly within the requirements of health and safety legislation.’
Mike Crouch, gas engineer, gave his thanks to Alan Moth and his team: ‘… a really friendly professional crew, that make you feel welcome and go the extra mile to make, what can be a stressful week, a lot less stressful with a few laughs along the way, please would you pass on my thanks and best wishes to Ray, Sean, Jez, Richard, and all the crew at Eastleigh College Gas Centre.’
The message from Gas Safety Week 2021 is clear: ‘Get your gas appliances checked annually by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.’
[PHOTO: Left to right from Eastleigh College: Alan Moth, GAC Co-ordinator, and Michael Lock, Head of Gas & Plumbing, Smart Metering and Renewable Energy, with Gas Safety Week poster.]
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