Glasgow Kelvin College is helping to blaze a trail in delivering skills in renewable energy technologies.
Glasgow Kelvin’s Heating, Venting & Air Conditioning students will certainly have the edge in sustainable energy and carbon reduction when it comes to industry skills, all down to the generosity of employer and supplier partners.
Yates Group Heating Products (YGHP) have supplied a District Indirect Heat Interface Unit to the College’s workshops to ensure students and apprentices - the tradespeople of the future - are properly trained in this new form of heating technology which could transform the way you heat your home.
District or Community heating networks provide a central heat-generating point in a neighbourhood which can be linked to and controlled by the homes and businesses surrounding it, reducing the area’s carbon footprint and saving energy. The networks are not specific to the technology used to generate the heat and can connect to a range of sources of heat supply including biomass, energy from waste, ground source heat pumps, geothermal heat or large power stations. This means that they can adapt to whichever heat supply technology is most appropriate or economic at the time.
Glasgow Kelvin is creating a state-of-the-art Renewable Energies Hub at its Springburn campus which will, in the drive towards carbon reduction, provide a training centre of excellence to equip new and upskilling employees with the skills required in a sustainable future. Contributions from energy-conscious businesses like YGHP will form the core of the skills offer.
Responding to a general enquiry from lecturing staff, YGHP flew into action and supplied the District unit to the College’s Springburn Campus workshops, providing installation and top-class training for staff and students alike.
The College is delighted to have this piece of equipment as it means students and apprentices can train on the most up-to-the-minute technologies which underpin sustainable energies and contribute to carbon footprint reduction. It also ensures that staff update their skillsbase and keep their expertise current.
Not only do the students benefit from their training on the high-spec new system but, in their future careers, the product will very likely be their ‘go to’ preference when considering or recommending energy-efficient District or Community Heating Networks.
With over 30 years’ experience in the heating and plumbing sector, YGHP design and deliver high-calibre products to the heating and hot water market.
Robin Ashton, Vice Principal for Curriculum at Glasgow Kelvin, said:
“The College is thrilled that YGHP has had the foresight to make this investment in the skilling of Scotland’s people. This ensures students have ‘the edge’ when it comes to understanding and working towards a zero-carbon society, especially when they’re performing in a competitive jobs market. This generous donation from YGHP is another step towards the College embedding the sustainability agenda within all of its operations and its plans to create a Centre of Excellence for learning and teaching in this area.”
Aaron Lee Yates, Director and Shareholder at YGHP said:
“We at YGHP are a huge advocate for building a better tomorrow. We believe that starts with training the new and existing generation of installers, designers and service men and women. ”