Some like it hot!

Release Date: 31 October 2016

Thanks to strengthening a partnership with heating appliance giants Worcester Bosch, D&A College looks set to cut costs for local plumbing and heating engineers.

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Apprentice plumbers Connor Deas and Jake Hunt at work in the new facility.

Over the summer the college staff gained accreditation for running OFTEC oil courses – the qualification needed by heating engineers and plumbers before the can work on oil-fed boilers.

“We already had the Gas Safe accreditation and having OFTEC adds an extra string to our bow, as it were,” said Andy Curtis, course leader.

College staff also set about creating a brand-new resource at Kingsway Campus complete with Worcester Bosch appliances for training and assessment purposes.

This means that Worcester Bosch will be doing their own accreditation training at the centre and next week are bringing 40 oil-fired boiler installation engineers from all over the east of Scotland to the Kingsway Campus for training.

“The beauty of this partnership is that not only does it attract installation engineers for the Worcester Bosch training but thanks to the facility being in place we can offer OFTEC training and accreditation as well.

“Our involvement with Worcester Bosch means D&A College becomes the ‘go-to’ establishment in terms of training and assessment.

“Having expertise in gas installation and solar hot water training added to the new oil-fired accreditation means that we can now offer the full-gamut of training to local businesses – and those from farther afield.

With greater numbers coming through the centre college staff are optimistic that costs for employers and individual engineers will drop.

“Any savings we make will be passed on,” said Andy.

“OFTEC training and assessment can cost an employer well in excess of £500 per person – we can cap that cost £500.”

Meanwhile, apprentice plumbers already coming to the Kingsway Campus will also be able to take advantage of this new facility.”

D&A College has nearly 70 plumbing apprentices attending Kingsway Campus already this year.

Training covers first, second and third year apprenticeship training.

The college also offers training in a variety of appliances and sees partnerships with industry to being key to offering the best training opportunities for businesses.