Warwickshire College shows off Power Industry Academy to experts

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A UNIQUE power training facility at Rugby college’s state-of-the art new campus has been officially launched to industry professionals.

More than 400 people from power manufacturing organisations, along with Rugby’s MP Mark Pawsey, visited the new Power Industry Academy at Warwickshire College in Rugby for a ‘Powering the Future’ business conference, looking at how the industry can invest in skills to help meet the world’s power needs.

Andrew Collinson from Rugby-based power company Alstom, said: “Warwickshire College has played a strong role in providing the support, training and assessment to develop several hundreds of skilled tradespeople who are now valued Alstom employees. Alstom continues to reinforce its commitment to developing local talent and in helping to shape the working relationship between Warwickshire College and the industry.”

The Power Industry Academy opened in September 2010 and was funded with £6.2 million from Advantage West Midlands to train engineers of the future in power generation manufacture.

David Edwards, CEO of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), said: “Energy forecasts suggest that the industry will need 60,000 new UK workers by 2020 – this is a massive demand. The ECITB supports facilities such as the Power Industry Academy which train people with the multiple skills in engineering construction skills, which will be in demand across the sector.”

The new college in Leicester Road Rugby opened last year after moving from Lower Hillmorton Road.