Safety first as candidates qualify through Kier’s specialist gas training centres
Published by Elizabeth Pokorny for Kier Services in Communities and also in Health, Housing
Gas Training Excellence
Kier is leading the way in providing valuable gas engineering careers and training after announcing 6,096 candidates have successfully qualified through its UK training centres.
The leading construction, services and property group marked Gas Safety Week (10-16 September) by celebrating the achievements of its state-of-the-art domestic and commercial gas training centres over the last ten years.
Kier’s first Gas Technical Training Centre opened in Sheffield in 2001 to fulfil the training needs of Kier staff from across the region, before expanding to cater for external trainees from around the city. Since then the Manor Lane site has welcomed more than 6,000 candidates through its doors. This success paved the way for another centre to open in North Tyneside in 2011. To date, the Gas Training at Kier site at Killingworth has provided training for almost 100 people.
Both Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) centres represent a key part of Kier’s wider efforts to address worklessness in Yorkshire and the north-east, having helped thousands of people progress in their careers or secure employment. They have also helped to create the next generation of tradespeople by promoting gas engineering as a career option to school and college leavers, and retraining ex-servicemen resettling into civilian life.
Certificated by BPEC, the leading provider of training and certification for the building services engineering sector, the Sheffield and North Tyneside centres offer a wide range of domestic and commercial gas training and reassessment courses to Kier employees and local residents.
The courses enable gas engineers, whether self employed or working through a company, to stay up to date with current gas legislative requirements, including the Gas Safe standard, a legal requirement for those responsible for the installation and maintenance of gas appliances.
Kier has forged successful partnerships with councils, colleges, businesses and the Armed Forces to offer valuable training and encourage future gas engineering careers. Through its work with the Careers Transition Partnership (CTP), Kier has helped leavers of all ranks from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines, resettle into civilian life, retrain in gas engineering and secure employment.
Kier partnership and business development director, Dan Maher, said: “I am proud that Kier is fast becoming a leading provider of gas training and has developed such an excellent reputation in this area. These centres are a valuable resource to local businesses, colleges and trades people. We are not only creating jobs and supporting the careers of individual candidates, but making a difference to the quality of gas engineering service across the country.
“The sheer number of candidates we’ve trained is testament to the professionalism and skill of the trainers and the state-of-the-art facilities we have at Sheffield and North Tyneside. We hope to continue to invest in training and provide this stepping stone to many more thousands of people in the years to come.”
Gas Safety Week is an annual event to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of keeping domestic and commercial gas appliances well maintained. For more details, visit: http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/