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Tapping into plumbing excellence at Newark College




A new construction centre has opened for plumbing students at Newark College.

The college, on Friary Road, has worked with the town’s employers to develop a work-ready programme for the plumbing and wider construction sector.

Regional businesses, many of whom attended the opening of the centre of excellence, donated industry standard equipment and offered apprenticeship opportunities.

Laura Needham Head of Training at Vaillant with Newark College plumbing students (51746662)
Laura Needham Head of Training at Vaillant with Newark College plumbing students (51746662)

The aim is to provide learners with the skills and behaviour needed to succeed in the growing industry.

Laura Needham, head of training at Vaillant, one of the businesses that attended the opening, said: “Through our relationship with Newark College we can support learners in the region, so they have a greater understanding of the technologies available to them in the future and the expectations of employers in this industry.

L-R Student Cheryl Buttong, Robert Hollingworth Senior Project Manager at Hoval, Student Charlie West and Martin Booth Director of Newark College (51746674)
L-R Student Cheryl Buttong, Robert Hollingworth Senior Project Manager at Hoval, Student Charlie West and Martin Booth Director of Newark College (51746674)

“The students will be visiting our site in Belper where they will experience products from build to install.

“We will demonstrate and train with our products, including boilers, heat pumps and controls, the latest technology on the market, giving them a clearer picture of how the products they will be installing are manufactured and maintained.”

Senior project manager for Hoval Robert Hollingworth also attended. He began his training at Newark College exactly 50 years ago when it was known as Newark Technical College.

He said: “I started my career here all those years ago and it’s great to be back and to see the development of the new construction centre. My tips for the new students are simple: If they are diligent, polite, smart, work hard, with a keen interest in the job they’re doing they’ll go far.”

Student Cheryl Buttony, who is on the plumbing course, said her long-term goal was to be self-employed.

She said she wanted to have a small team to manage one day.

“It’s been really good to meet the businesses here,” said Cheryl.

“The course is interesting, the facilities are great, and my tutor makes learning fun.

“The other students are eager to get stuck in like me too.”

Penny Taylor, the lead for education and training at the college, said: “As we welcome our first plumbing students to the new construction centre of excellence, we’re delighted to thank our sponsors and supporters for their ongoing efforts in making the facility a success.

“The input of local employers is a crucial part of our mission to train skilled employees that meet the demand for roles in the construction sector.

“Some of the businesses here today have provided equipment, so our learners have access to the best tools available. While others are enriching our curriculum through excursions, guest speakers and work experience opportunities.

“Our breakfast event has given many of them the opportunity to look around the facility for the first time, to see first-hand how their vision and input has materialised.”



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