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TRAINING/TECHNICAL WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Laying foundations for the future Denis Hird, CEO of JTL, looks at the part apprentices can play in building some of the UK’s greatest landmarks... Tdisplayed, and the quality of sport on bronze medal in the table tennis.2012 without mentioning JTL training officerGary Howes, who helped to coach Paralympicathlete Will Bayley. Will won a silver and ahe Olympics and Paralympics werebrilliant. We were all incredibly moved bythe amazing feats these incredible athletes show. To help encourage small and medium sized But before we could watch Mo Farrah storm to enterprise employers to further increase the his second gold medal, or see Sarah Storey win number of apprenticeships, the criteria her 11th Olympic gold, we had to build from surrounding the AGE grant for employers has scratch a host of sites including the Lee Valley been widened to encourage more recruitment of white water centre, the athletes’ village, the apprentices aged 16 to 24. aquatic centre, velodrome and the stadium itself. £1,500 will be available to any business These buildings would become the iconic employing up to 1,000 people who take on landmarks of London 2012. apprentices. The grant is available for up to ten Among the thousands of construction workers Cameron McMunn, JTL training officer (left), with apprentices. Business will be eligible for the on the Olympic site, 420 apprentices were apprentices Tom Bonfield, Ben Ginn, Ian Halewood, funding if they’ve not had an apprentice in the learning their trade. They weren’t just JTL Jack Evans and Chris Inwood last 12 months. apprentices – in addition to the plumbers and The scheme has already helped a number of electricians there were apprentices training for Apprentice Jack Evans said: “This is a great small businesses take on apprenticeships, and qualifications in areas such as welding, finance, opportunity and it was a big surprise when we we’re thrilled that it’s being rolled out to administration and security. learned we were going to be working full time medium sized enterprises who want to help I want to pay homage to all the apprentices on the Olympic site. It’s a fantastic project and young people start a career. that cut their teeth on the Olympic site and dealt although the first year was a bit easier, there is a It also remains important to promote admirably with the pressure of such a lot of technical work to learn on these kind of apprenticeships to school-age students, so high-profile project. projects.” apprenticeships are presented as a quality option Some, including Matthew Lines, from T The project was a huge vote of confidence for to both parents and prospective apprentices Clarke, were among the group of construction Marcoe and its apprentices, as well as being a alike. By working with careers guidance officers, workers who cheered Sir Steve Redgrave and the great advertisement for the UK construction we will be able to encourage the talented Olympic flame into the stadium on the night of industry. As a result, the company picked up a apprentices we need into the industry. the opening ceremony; while others will have contractors award from the Olympic Delivery As a new college term starts, we welcome a been admiring their handywork on TV, along Authority for its training opportunities. new cohort of apprentices. Apprenticeships have with billions of others across the world. Working on big projects isn’t new for never been bigger. This year, nearly 500,000 To get to work every morning, apprentices had apprentices in the construction industry. Recent people will begin their courses. Of these, around to go through numerous security points, rigorous examples include terminal five at Heathrow, 5,000 will be new mechanical engineering enough to surprise the most seasoned travellers. Blackfriars railway station, the Shard in London apprentices. When they got there, they were greeted with one and Media City in Salford. Despite the very And so, if there are any new electrical of the biggest projects sites an apprentice could steep learning curve, they are a great apprentices or first time employers of apprentices hope to work on. introduction to the industry, and are a reading this, my congratulations. We look Apprentices at Welwyn Garden City-based beginning that apprenticeships will be proud of forward to working with you. Marcoe Electrical were among those working on throughout their careers. the aquatic centre. And of course, I couldn’t mention London enquiry number 180 Panasonic’s Pro Academy provides a learning platform for its customers Since its launch at the end of September 2011, the Panasonic PRO Academy continues to prove the ideal learning platform for trade employees. Headed up by Panasonic’s training and technical manager, David Livingstone, the Pro Academy provides course attendees with up-to-date specialist knowledge about Panasonic’s new products as well as design, installation and commissioning skills. Kitted out with Panasonic’s ECOi VRF, FS Multi and Aquarea systems, the attendees have the opportunity to see the units working, ensuring that they fully understand the products. The training room also demonstrates the latest innovations to the gas-driven GHP system and the company’s wide range of controllers. The training academy offers a number of half-day, one-day and longer courses options, which typically cover three levels: design and selection, installation, commissioning and troubleshooting. In-depth tuition on the Panasonic VRF ranges and the Aquarea air-to-water heat pump products is also available. enquiry number 181 54 OCTOBER 2012 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY


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