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£6m Energy Skills Centre in Bridgwater leaps forward

As government spending is cut back and quangos are culled, two major institutions are pressing ahead with plans to build training facilities for the ‘green engineers’ of the future.

Bridgwater College and EDF are investing in an £6m Energy Skills Centre, which will be the first of its kind in the UK. The project ties in with the rapid expansion in renewables in Somerset, as well as the nuclear development at Hinkley.

The college has recently completed a PV centre, which is instructing engineering students for the first time this year, teaching youngsters how to build, maintain and install PV units.

Somerset College in Taunton is also investing heavily in the renewables sector, with a new regional centre for sustainable learning across the south west. 

The Genesis Centre is currently being refurbished to provide exemplary training facilities in micro-generation and environmental technologies, from January 2011.

It will offer training courses in solar PV, solar thermal, ground and air source heat pumps, biomass and rainwater harvesting.

In the future, it will also provide post-graduate CPD programmes in subjects such as water management, sustainable urban drainage systems, energy assessment and energy management systems.

Phil Sharratt, Genesis project manager, says, “We’ve already been recognised by Summit Skills as a centre of excellence – they’re assisting with funding for the provision of skills in the green energy sector.

“We’re also leading a partnership with a university and three other colleges in a European project to enhance the application of environmental technologies and sustainable construction practices across the south west.”

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