Develop Training Launch Derby’s First ‘Trades and Energy Skills Centre’

Gas and domestic engineers are invited to pay a visit to Derby’s first Trades and Energy Skills Centre at an Open Afternoon on Thursday 19th September between 2pm and 5pm, at Develop Training in Ascot Drive.

The Trades and Energy Skills Centre will be officially opened at 5.30pm by Chris Bielby MBE, who is the President of the Association of Gas Safety Managers. This will be followed by an ‘Installer Update’ networking event which will be hosted by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM).

Develop Training launches the centre as economists report activity in the construction industry hit a six year high in August and the UK’s leading technical training provider anticipates a new dawn for engineering community.

As the sector heads into recovery, Develop expects industry’s requirements of engineers to evolve towards multi-skilling. In a drive to improve productivity it anticipates that organisations will increasingly seek those engineers that are qualified to carry out several of the disciplines of utilities engineering.

The new Trades and Energy Skills Centre, which has multi-skilling at its core, will provide people with a one-stop venue where they can continuously develop their basic to advanced professional qualifications for working with water, gas and electrics in domestic and industrial environments. Engineers attending the open afternoon or the evening event will be able to take a tour of the new facility, speak to industry experts and review their training needs with a free qualification check.

John Kerr, Business Director – Utilities Division of Develop Training said: “It’s exciting to launch the Trades and Energy Skills Centre as the construction industry begins to turn a corner towards growth. This is great news for everyone who works in the gas and related domestic engineering community and we are looking forward to supporting the sector with future training and development needs.

“The Open Afternoon is a great opportunity to take a look around the centre and speak to our many training experts about the utilities sector and multi-skilling. Everyone is welcome from people who are looking to launch a new career or utilities engineers who are looking to develop their career and training capacity further.”

Peter Hardy, Technical Manager – IGEM added: “We are delighted to be at the new Trades and Energy Skills Centre on its official launch day. It is clear that Develop Training is looking to the future of the gas industry and the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers fully support this approach.

“The training of new entrants to the gas industry and the development of existing operatives is a key requirement to ensure that the gas industry continues to operate to the highest industry standards. Without these types of facilities it would be difficult for people to get the necessary training to develop their skills, to ensure they operate safely in the field.”

To register for the Open Afternoon and Evening Event or ask advice regarding training at the Centre please contact Michelle Burton on 0800 876 6708.


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