In response to the Government's target to install 53 million gas and electricity smart meters by 2020, Eastleigh College has launched a brand new Smart Metering course to train gas engineers in the latest technology.
We are also delighted to confirm that the course has been awarded 'Platinum' status by the Energy Efficiency Independent Assessment Service (EEIAS), which is the highest level of accreditation ahead of Gold. Platinum status highlights our highly successful, learner-focused strategies and a drive towards innovation and development.
The 10-week course, usually split over a period of 6 months in between work experience, addresses how to replace gas and electric meters, in addition to basic pipework skills, adhering to industry regulations, and customer service skills. The custom-built workshop bays re-create scenarios found in the real world, such as working in enclosed spaces like staircases, and working with old dial-gauge meters. Students will also become gas-safe registered through the College's industry renowned Gas Assessment Centre.
Smart meters encourage efficiency in the home by displaying real-time gas and electric usage, in addition to providing automatic meter readings, which helps the customer to monitor their usage more effectively and potentially save money on their bill.
The College has been working in partnership with 3R Global Recruitment on the Smart Metering course, who have sourced a large pool of nationwide applicants to be the first to take the programme. Cavity wall and loft insulation company Thermabead are one of the first companies to train their employees on the scheme, and big-six energy firm EDF have also registered their interest.
Alan Moth, Lecturer in Plumbing, Gas and Smart Metering at Eastleigh College, is passionate about new technology in the industry and believes it is vital that Gas and Plumbing professionals are sufficiently trained in Smart Metering ahead of 2020.
He believes the College a great place to learn, "I have worked as a Gas Engineer for over 39 years with various companies such as British Gas, Southern Gas Networks and Utilita, so I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on, not to mention a wealth of industry contacts. The College is a relaxed and comfortable environment to learn in, and the support mechanisms we have here are second to none. Not to mention the fantastic facilities, including our state of the art Gas Assessment Centre."
Alan is keen to encourage progression within the industry, "Training in Smart Meters won't stop after 2020 - the equipment is changing and updating all the time. It's also a great stepping stone to go on and become a fully trained electrician or a gas service engineer; there are so many opportunities".
To find out more about our Smart Metering courses, please visit the course page or call 023 8091 1299.