Ministers take part in Renewable Energy Training

July 24, 2013 11:02 AM

Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Edward Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change got to grips with everything green when they visited The Power Centre at Carshalton College on Friday 19th July.

Tom Brake and Edward Davey got a taste of industry-recognised renewable energy training and experienced first-hand from students how they were being prepared for a bright future in the renewable energy sector.

Tom Brake said: "The green economy can generate opportunities for those who are unemployed or looking to change careers and renewable energy training provides skills that can be transferred across the engineering and energy sectors."

"This is why Liberal Democrats in government want to see the green economy expand day by day. I am delighted and proud that a training and skills provider based in our constituency helps turn this vision into action."

Commenting on his visit, Edward Davey said, "The Power Centre does fantastic work training apprentices and upskilling workers to provide services across a number of different forms of energy. It was fantastic to be able to take the opportunity to sit in on a lesson about installing solar panels and to be able to see, first hand, the learning process behind this. I am proud of the work the coalition government is doing to expand Green Jobs and I am delighted that a partnership which includes Kingston College is leading the way in this."

Edward Davey and Tom Brake had the opportunity to sit in with learners on a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) training course and to gain some knowledge of how solar panels work and how they are installed and maintained by fully qualified engineers. Both Ministers were welcomed to the Centre by Peter Mayhew-Smith, Principal of Carshalton and Kingston College. An interview and photo opportunity with Ed Davey took place with Building magazine for their feature on the Green Deal.

The Power Assessment and Training Centre, a partnership between Carshalton and Kingston Colleges, provides industry responsive gas, plumbing, electrical, construction and renewable energy courses, ensuring that employers across the building services engineering, construction and low carbon energy sectors have the skills required to increase productivity and take advantage of emerging business opportunities.

The Centre, as part of Carshalton College, is undergoing extensive construction and re-modelling to incorporate exciting new plans for a dedicated Environmental Technologies teaching, demonstration and research facility, allowing access to retrofit and energy efficiency training at craft, technician and professional levels across a range of technologies including solar thermal, heat pumps and insulation. As a Lead Hub within the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies network, The Power Centre is currently leading a transformation in the way the UK plans, develops and delivers skills in a wide range of renewable and environmental technologies. For further information go to , or contact Carshalton College on 0845 408 4024 or via email at

Ed Davey and Tom Brake during the energy training at Carshalton College.

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