Former CITB centre has been transformed to provide a much-needed construction skills boost
South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has recently opened a brand new Professional Skills Centre located on the Dundrod Road, Nutts Corner, aimed at providing building professionals with the skills they need to succeed in industry.
It will provide a variety of compliance training and assessment packages that can be tailored to suit individual requirements, with the dedicated training facility specialising in areas such as gas, electrical, fire and security, health and safety, plumbing and engineering.
The Professional Skills Centre was launched in front of an audience including local business representatives, sponsors and partners who got a guided tour of the facility.
SERC Lead Business Manager, Paul Henry, said, “The opening of the Professional Skills Centre is part of the College’s commitment to provide industry with the latest training and is a landmark development for SERC, reinforcing our strong commitment to promoting and developing skills in the region.
“Special thanks must go to CITB and our sponsors and partners who donated a range of equipment to fitout the workshops who, without their support the Centre wouldn’t have been possible – including Warmflow, Baxi, The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Atlas, Beggs and Partners, WMK Electrical, H&J Partners, OFTEC, Robert Hamill Consulting, Ideal Boilers and Danfoss Controls.”
It is hoped the Professional Skills Centre will become a first port of call for business. All the training incorporates the most up-to-date technology which, together with experienced and qualified staff, enables learners to undertake practical hands-on experience in state of the art, purpose built workshops.
SERC Commercial Contracts Manager, Elaine Flynn, said, “Having trained, knowledgeable staff with relevant qualifications is extremely important in meeting the regulatory requirements in the industry and when tendering for work. SERC has built up a strong reputation in providing bespoke training packages to help meet the requirements of a wide range of sectors. The Centre is primed to deliver accredited training and will be at the coalface, helping to upskill and accredit installers, technicians and engineers working in the industry.”
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