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Derby’s First ‘Trades and Energy Skills Centre’ Opens its Doors

Develop TrainingDevelop Training – the UK’s leading technical training provider - has launched Derby’s first Trades and Energy Skills Centre to meet the universal training and development needs of gas, plumbing and electrical engineers.

Chris Bielby MBE, President of the Association of Gas Safety Managers officially opened the new training facilities last week, where many domestic utility engineers came along to view the new specialist training facilities and received a free qualification check.

Develop Training launched the new 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.

Chris Bielby, President of the Association of Gas Safety Managers and Past President of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers spoke about the new centre:

“With the welcomed growth of the UK construction industry this year, Develop Training is leading the way with its significant investment in top class training facilities to support our next generation of utility engineers.

“This superb facility will educate our future engineers to meet the needs of industry and will help to create a more skilled workforce who will be able to offer a broader range of utility services.”

John Kerr, Business Director – Utilities Division of Develop Training said: “It is 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 utility engineering community and we are looking forward to supporting the sector with multi-skilled training programmes, to equip engineers with a broad range of skills for their future employment opportunities.”

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.

If you require any training advice or support the Trades and Energy Skills Centre Team would love to hear from you. To find out more please call Michelle Burton on 0800 876 6708.