In partnership with Eastleigh College, KNOWHOW, part of the biggest consumer electronic and white goods retailer in Europe, recently celebrated the success of its employees who have achieved through the Colleges specialised Gas Assessment Centre.
The Dixons Retail Group, which recently merged with the Carphone Warehouse to become the Dixons Carphone Group, consists of Currys, PC World, KNOWHOW, Dixons Travel and the Carphone Warehouse. The group identified a training opportunity within their dedicated service brand KNOWHOW. This division of the award winning group is responsible for the delivery, installation and repair of electronics and white goods products across the whole of the UK and Ireland. KNOWHOW colleagues have installed over 100,000 gas cooking appliances in the last year, and demand looks set to continue. As KNOWHOW has forged a successful partnership with Eastleigh College over the last 6 years, the business sought further expertise from them in order to deliver a high quality range of gas training courses for their installers.
Recognising the benefit of this new-found expertise, KNOWHOW put on an awards event at Eastleigh College's Red Carpet restaurant to celebrate the success of its employees and their commitment to the trade. Some participants travelled from as far as Scotland to be part of the Eastleigh College training programme. Award categories included 'Most Improved' and 'Trainee of the Year', each of which was presented by Steve Gibb Director for KNOWHOW Home Services and Logistics.
Commenting on the achievements of the KNOWHOW colleagues, Steve said "It's been an excellent day and a fantastic way for us to recognise how far each individual has come; changing their behaviours, changing their skills. We have worked with Eastleigh College for over 6 years and they have continued to grow with us and our business; we look forward to working with them in the future."
Jan Edrich, Chief Executive and Principal at Eastleigh College added "The Gas Assessment Centre team go above and beyond to fulfil the needs of their industry, and this event showcases how valuable it is to the employers we work with."
For more information on the range of gas courses offered at Eastleigh College's BPEC registered Gas Assessment Centre please visit www.acshampshire.co.uk or telephone 023 8091 1000.
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