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Training academy opens for plumbing students

Coleg Gwent has become the first college in Wales to launch a training academy with Baxi, allowing students to train with state-of-the-art equipment before putting their skills into practice.

In an innovative partnership Coleg Gwent has teamed up with Baxi to launch a renewable energy training centre called the Baxi Academy at Coleg Gwent’s City of Newport Campus.

The launch of the centre enables a wide range of brand new short courses, related to the servicing and installation of heating appliances in domestic property, to be run at the Coleg Gwent campus for the first time.

Students, apprentices and professionals studying plumbing and heating qualifications will benefit from working hands-on with a wide range of live domestic heating systems, from high efficiency boilers to renewable energy products like solar heating panels, supplied by Baxi.

City of Newport Campus director Gary Handley said: “The new academy provides an exciting opportunity for students to work first-hand with the latest technology, and ensures that the skills students learn are directly linked to industry employers.

“This fantastic facility will also enable current industry professionals to up-skill, retrain or refresh their qualifications with equipment which is right up to the latest industry standard.”

Coleg Gwent’s Apprenticeship programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

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