Kier gears up during Gas Safety Week
Published by Jack Williams for Kier Services in Housing
Kier Gas Training (L-R Gemma Bruce and Craig Tampin)
A state-of-the-art gas training facility in North Tyneside has placed five ex-Ministry of Defence (MOD) service leavers in the gas servicing industry, continuing its success of supporting more than 100 learners into employment, while marking the third annual Gas Safety Week (16-22 September 2013).
Gas Training at Kier, along with its partner site in Sheffield, has trained and assessed more than 360 candidates in vital gas qualifications. The centre, in Killingworth, North Tyneside provides training for ex-forces personnel, local contractors and new gas technicians.
The programme also enables trainees to undertake crucial work experience placements within Kier itself to further their careers.
The training centre has recently introduced three new courses to its accredited assessment programme to enable contractors and gas technicians to stay up to date with the latest safety requirements.
Kier regional director, Mike Furze, commented: “At Kier, we are proud of our gas assessment centre, which has already trained more than 100 candidates in Killingworth alone. Having service leavers within our training team, we are perfectly positioned to provide support and advice for trainees as well as the practical skills and experience required for their future careers.”
Gas Safety Week, which runs from 16-22 September 2013, raises awareness of gas safety and encourages users to understand their appliances and how to use them safely. With more than 21 million people in the United Kingdom using gas appliances, training centres like Kier’s are vital in ensuring the safety and reliability of gas technicians.
For more information about Gas Training at Kier, please visit www.gastrainingatkier.co.uk or for details of courses please call the training hotline on +44 (0)191 643 2233. The company is offering the first four fully qualified gas engineers to call a free place on its new ‘Safe Isolation’ course, a saving of £175.