Edward Davey MP opens 'The Power Assessment and Training Centre'

The Energy Secretary, Edward Davey, member of Parliament for Kingston and Surbiton officially opened the expanded facilities at the Power Assessment and Training Centre on Friday 28th September 2012.  

The Power Assessment and Training Centre works as a partnership between Kingston and Carshalton Colleges. 

It provides industry responsive Gas, Plumbing, Electrical, Construction and Renewable Energy courses, ensuring that employers across the Building Services, Construction and Low Carbon energy sectors have the skills required to increase productivity and take advantage of emerging green energy business opportunities such as those provided by the Green Deal.  The Centre has been expanded due to a need to deliver a range of low carbon skills for installers looking to up-skill to provide services under the Green Deal.

Edward Davey was welcomed to the Centre by Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal of Carshalton and Kingston College, Mavis Peart OBE, Chairwoman of the Corporation and Vince Glover, Director of the Power Centre. He was given an overview of the Power Centre, including the Green Deal qualifications on offer, before being taken on a tour of the facilities. This allowed him to view and discuss a range of environmental technology systems including Solar PV, Solar thermal hot water, Heat Pumps, Rainwater Harvesting rigs and Biomass boilers and meet with some students.

There was also an opportunity for Edward Davey to discuss the new Power Centre and the courses offered with both tutors and learners before a round table discussion, which included partners from the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies (NSAET) for which the Power Centre is a Lead Hub.

Vince Glover, Graham Manly OBE, Chairman of the NSAET, and Edward Davey gave short speeches applauding the work of the centre and the opportunities it offers.  Edward Davey opened the new Power Centre by cutting a ribbon in the newly constructed “eco bungalow” that contains a range of the latest renewable energy systems.  Catering students at Carshalton College crafted an impressive cake to mark the occasion which Edward Davey cut as part of the ceremony.

Commenting on the facilities, Edward Davey said, "I am impressed by the range and quality of the training available - and it's a perfect match with the Government's green energy agenda.  Equipping people with these skills of the future is a great investment in the green economy and will help hundreds of thousands of local people save money on their energy bills.  It is a privilege to have such a facility linked so closely to Kingston College”

For further information about the Power Assessment and Training Centre, please visit their website; http://www.powertrainingcentre.co.uk