Glasgow Kelvin College welcomed Martyn Ives, Fujitsu General Air Conditioning Technical Manager to the opening of the Fujitsu training facility at the Springburn campus. The College features the state-of-the-art Fujitsu technology in its fully equipped Air Conditioning and Refrigeration training workshop. With a range of multi-units and VRF Unit, the practical experience for SVQ students will be unrivalled in Scotland.
As many of the College’s students are apprentices with some of the principal installers in Scotland, the benefits to Scottish business will be exceptional, ensuring that their employees have up-to-the-minute industry standard skillsets.
This partnership with Fujitsu will ensure that the shared facility becomes a key provider of high-end technical skills and places the College firmly at the forefront of delivering training on cutting-edge equipment. With the introduction of cleaner, climate-friendly technologies in the near future, Glasgow Kelvin is looking forward to working closely with Fujitsu on any new developments.
Institute of Refrigeration President, Steve Gill said
“The IOR has a long-standing association with Glasgow Kelvin so I am delighted to be here to officially open the Fujitsu training suite today. We all know that providing quality training is vital to the successful future of this industry, therefore it is a great pleasure to see industry and trainers working together. The well-equipped new facility is a real asset to the area and a credit to the collaboration between Fujitsu and Glasgow Kelvin that will benefit the local business, the individual trainees, and our industry for many years to come.”
College Principal, Alan Sherry, said:
“We are very excited to be forming this new partnership with an industry-leading manufacturer like Fujitsu and reaching this milestone is a testament to the hard work of the lecturing staff whose expertise has made this possible. It is also a further demonstration of Fujitsu’s commitment to the high-quality learning provided by the College.
There will be clear benefits for our students and their employers, providing them with the technical skills which will help them stand out in a busy marketplace. Hosting the pioneering Fujitsu Training Workshop here at Glasgow Kelvin College will also allow us to develop further our relationships with industry stakeholders. We are delighted to be playing our part in this new development.”
John McGregor, Curriculum Manager said:
“Glasgow Kelvin College is the sole Further Education training centre in Scotland for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration modern apprenticeships and we welcome this opportunity to work alongside Fujitsu, a major manufacturer in the Air Conditioning sector. This collaborative venture will ensure that the students here at Glasgow Kelvin will have state of the art equipment to enhance their learning experience and equally have access to seminars hosted at the College and delivered by Fujitsu. We look forward to this innovative partnership developing further over the coming years with the advent of newer, cleaner air conditioning solutions offered by Fujitsu and promoted here at Glasgow Kelvin.
I would like to thank the staff and the Fujitsu team for the foresight and enthusiasm needed to have what we now have here for our learners today and those in the future.”
Glasgow Kelvin College is the key provider of nationally accessible vocational training and core-skills learning in the north and east of the city. It delivers high-quality introductory to degree-level programmes to around 16,000 students each year from four campus buildings and through a large network of community-based centres. Engaging with many communities which experience high levels of deprivation, the College works with partners and employers to deliver relevant industry-standard skills and create inclusive progression opportunities in a vibrant and sustainable environment for the learners, communities and stakeholders which it serves.
Fujitsu’s Technical Manager. Martyn Ives said:
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be working with Glasgow Kelvin who have a great reputation both in the area and nationally and we look forward to working with them to provide quality training for students and businesses from across Scotland and beyond.”
Fujitsu Air Conditioning (UK) is part of the Fujitsu Group, one of the best known and most successful engineering and electronics organisations in the world. Fujitsu Air Conditioning is a world leading provider of innovative, reliable and energy efficient air conditioning products.