College skills hub will train more eco-warriors

Tracey Robinson from Global Renewables, Pauline Waterhouse, principal and chief executive of B&FC, Mike Phelan, director of Skills and Business Development at B&FC and David Jones from Smith Group UK.

Tracey Robinson from Global Renewables, Pauline Waterhouse, principal and chief executive of B&FC, Mike Phelan, director of Skills and Business Development at B&FC and David Jones from Smith Group UK.

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NOT content with being award-winning eco-warriors and paving the way for green fund-raising, one Blackpool college is channelling even more energy into helping the environment.

Blackpool and The Fylde College has launched an Energy Skills Hub, dedicated to training staff for the energy sector.

The college hopes it will lead the way in supporting sustainable industries.

Through the Hub, the college will offer courses covering energy efficiency and green transport, among others.

Pauline Waterhouse, college principal, said: “We have a reputation as a leading provider of education and training for the energy sector.

“It’s widely acknowledged sustainable practice is going to play a huge role in the future for many industries.

“We are pleased the Energy Skills Hub offers a timely and convenient solution for businesses.”

Courses on offer will cover renewable technology, energy efficiency, sustainable construction, green transport and maritime and offshore operations in order to meet the needs to energy sector employers.

The college is already recognised around the country for working with the energy sector.

Ms Waterhouse added: “We have national recognition for our work with the maritime and offshore industries.

“We are pleased the Hub offers solutions for businesses looking to get ahead with training.”

More than 30 businesses attended the launch of the Hub to network and found out how the Hub will benefit them.

College staff hosted seminars outlining the different courses and their benefits.

Courses are available at a range of levels, from Level One beginners courses to Foundation degrees, validated by Lancaster University.

Specific qualifications on offer include Installation of Water Harvesting and Recycling Systems, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operations and Maintenance and Sustainability in Computing.

Organisers hope the Energy Skills Hub will continue to build on the college’s green achievements.

The college was honoured in the Lancashire Green Awards in 2011 and commended at a Green Gown awards ceremony, a few weeks earlier.

It was also the first college to fund-raise for action group People and Planet, raising £100 during their Go Green Week.

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