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Calderdale Gas to expand training centre

Calderdale Gas’ training centre, which showcases a range of Sime domestic gas boilers, is set to expand after a successful year.

The Halifax-based facility was established in May 2018 to train new engineers and support the skills development of existing engineers.

The centre has run a range of courses since then, using Sime’s Murelle One HE, Murelle Advanced HE, Murelle Elite HE 30 combi and the Elite HE 35 System T model.

Director Raman Mistry said: “The new place will be bigger, offering us more space and more classrooms to extend our provision.

“Sime has supported us right from the beginning, training students, providing us with boilers and offering lots of support. Our connection with Sime is something a lot of engineers value. They know they are being taught on top-of-the-range equipment and that the back-up and support is there, not just for installation but advice too.”

The centre runs courses for those who want to become gas engineers and also for existing gas engineers who must re-sit their qualifications every five years.

Courses offered include initial gas qualifications for new entrants, ACS Domestic Gas Initial and reassessments, smart metering, LPG gas training and assessments, boiler servicing and fault finding, 18th Edition Electrical, hot water storage systems – unvented systems, water regulations and legionella. 

It also runs add-on courses for service engineers, including training in dealing with asbestos and implementing energy efficiency, and will soon be offering commercial catering and heating courses, too.

The new training centre will continue to use Sime products, but will also offer electrician qualifications alongside gas.

Mr Mistry said: “In the last year we have trained 40 new engineers and run assessments for 50 existing engineers. This is all done in an appealing venue with state-of-the-art appliances, technology and training facilities.”

John Moran, Sime national sales manager, added: “We’re delighted to have been able to provide products for Calderdale Gas training centre and to hear that it is expanding after just one-year operating. In an age where there are definite skill shortages in our core trades, local training centres such as this are of great value to the industry.”

25 June 2019

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