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New training centre for plumbers in the pipeline.

The launch of a state-of-the-art training centre that will raise the skill levels of plumbing and heating engineers has been announced.

Due to open next month, the Unvented Training and Assessment Centre will deliver a range of courses that will give people the necessary skills to ensure plumbing and heating companies comply with industry regulations.

Six staff at Redcar & Cleveland College have already completed a key training qualification that will enable the centre to deliver the Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems Course.

The course is designed for practising plumbing and heating engineers who install unvented hot water systems.

The training and assessment would also benefit building inspectors, giving them a complete knowledge of the installation requirements and a Continuing Professional Development qualification. Upon successful completion of the course, the installer is issued with a certificate and registration number.

These allow the installer to self-certify the installation and issue a completion certificate, which is a compulsory requirement of the building regulations.

Principal of Redcar & Cleveland College, Alan Old, says: "This groundbreaking centre will contain the latest technology and equipment to ensure that we improve our learning provision to the local community. From September, people will be able to take advantage of a range of courses that will help to raise standards across a range of industry sectors."

Manager of the new centre, Peter Wilson, said: "The heating and plumbing industry has a shortage of skilled workers and the Unvented Hot Water Systems training and assessment, which includes Part L and G of the Building Regulations, will help to address this problem."
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Title Annotation:Jobs & Learning
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2004
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