Partnership powers initiative for next generation of energy workers

Ruth Peterson | July 17, 2020

16 July 2020

Budding electricians and apprentices have received a boost with a donation of equipment through a charity supporting people in the energy industries.

The Electrical Charity (EIC) has provided cables, alarms, switches, sockets and more for use by students at Bradford College, along with plumbing and gas equipment.

A generous donation to support students

Retired veterinary surgeon Clinton Jeffries donated two boxes of electrical supplies to the EIC. He asked the equipment help apprentices or electricians starting out in their training and studies. He said: “We rely on electricians to keep our houses functioning, and vets to keep our pets going! So if one group can support the other, then all is well.”

Adam Brough, Team Leader for Construction and Engineering at Bradford College, said: “We are very happy to accept this very kind donation. We will put this to good use with our apprentices and full and part time students.

Electrical Engineeering L2 students in class
Electrical engineering students in class (pic taken January 2020)

High demand for talented electricians and plumbers

“Plumbing and Electrical are two skills shortage areas in Bradford and the demand for new apprentices and students is high. So this generous donation will help train our future professional Electricians and Heating Engineers. Our workshops have gone through a massive redevelopment over the summer so that we can teach the most up-to-date green technology skills. This equipment will help support us meet the needs of Bradford businesses’.

Electrical Engineering L2 students in class with computers and equipment
A meeting of minds (pic taken January 2020)

A force to be reckoned with

The relationship between Bradford College and the EIC was established through fire and carbon monoxide detection specialists Aico. This organisation offers its in-house Expert Installer training to apprentices free of charge. In November last year, the EIC and Aico joined forces to help educate and increase understanding of mental health awareness.

EIC case officer Melaina Leary said: “We were glad to already be in touch with Bradford College, having visited in November 2019 to present our Mental Health Awareness Training to electrical apprentices. We hope the equipment will benefit them and the department. We look forward to returning soon to deliver further training sessions to your next group of apprentices!”

Electrical equipment, wires and switches

Supporting mental wellbeing

Further mental health awareness training sessions are also planned as part of the induction sessions for students on electrical and plumbing courses next year. Adam said: “I think it’s important that our apprentices are made aware of the stigma attached to mental health.

As part of its construction curriculum, Bradford College offers a wide range of courses in electrical and plumbing and gas.

About construction courses at Bradford College

The construction industry is hugely varied and diverse, with different roles needing a wide range of skill sets and abilities. So whether you see yourself working on-site in a practical environment, or designing and project-managing infrastructure, you can equip yourself with the right tools at Bradford College.

Our construction courses are taught in workshops mocked up to industry standard. They are in classrooms with state-of-the-art surveying equipment, 3D printers and CAD software. Whichever course you choose, our study programmes ensure that you have the up-to-date skills and knowledge to pursue a career in this fascinating industry.

You can find out more about our construction courses on our website.

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