Baxi opens training facility at East Durham College

4th Dec 2012

The new facility features different kinds of boilers which will give students a unique ‘hands on’ environment as a preparation to starting work

The new learning environment is a first rate resource for students who want an opportunity to develop excellent standards of knowledge and experience, according to technical academy education and centre manager Rob Hutchinson.

“It’s absolutely fantastic what’s been done with the Baxi area” Mr Hutchinson said.  “It’s right up to the latest heating industry standard. The training suite will be a great aid to students on our gas and heating and plumbing courses, giving them the opportunity to actually experience first hand what it is like to work on the very latest equipment. Prior to this, our students only had limited access to a few different types of boilers and now Baxi has brought in a full range of boilers from other brands under the BDR Thermea umbrella, allowing our students to have access to an array of different types of heating systems. The Baxi Suite also provides an opportunity for professionals from the heating industry to retrain, up-skill and renew their certificates.”

Baxi’s national training manager, Steve Owen, attended the opening ceremony along with Paddy Fletcher, the company’s HR manager.

“Baxi recognises the importance of high quality training for up and coming heating engineers” Steve Owen said. “The students at East Durham College represent the future of our industry, and we are delighted to provide the equipment for them to learn on. We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with the College, team and students.”

The Technical Academy is located in a 30,000 square feet purpose-built facility on a nearby trading estate and offers a wide range of construction industry courses including plastering, tiling, gas, electric and fitted interiors.