Renewable course boost for campus

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HAWICK Learning Campus is becoming one of five specialised training centres in Scotland which offer a range of renewable technology courses.

In a joint training partnership with Worcester Bosch, which manufactures heating and hot water appliances, the college is being launched as a Renewables Training Centre – providing courses for anyone ranging from tradesman, to members of the public.

Thousands of pounds worth of equipment – including air to air and air to water units, ground source heat pumps and under floor heating - have been supplied to the college by Worcester Bosch as part of the official partnership. And courses ranging from half a day, to a full day, or five days, will be offered to plumbers, engineers, electricians and building planners to name a few.

Tom Ramage, gas, plumbing and renewables lecturer, says it is good news for Hawick, stating: “This is great for the college and the area, as it allows local tradesman to be trained right on their doorsteps. Householders who would like to become more aware on how to save the environment can also book up. And with Worcestor Bosch also going to be using the centre it will bring people to the town.”

Courses include training in areas such as Renewables Awareness, Solar Photovoltaic Systems to Warm Water Under Floor Heating Design and Installation. Specialist staff will be there to help clients get the most out of their chosen course and the training will be delivered at times that will ensure minimum disruption to work patterns for those participating. Many employers, farmers and householders are also considering renewable energy options and the centre is offering short introductory courses for those who would like a general overview of types of renewable energy available.

The Hawick campus will be officially launched as a Renewables Training Centre on Friday December 9, at 2pm. For more information visit www.borderscollege.ac.uk or contact Susan Rennie on 01896 662578, or email bcconsultants@borderscollege.ac.uk.