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Last week saw Pembrokeshire College host an event to celebrate the £2 million Energy Sector Training project in Pembrokeshire which will be drawing to a close in June.
Launched in April 2010 the project has seen over 1,500 individual learners from over 100 companies across Pembrokeshire acquire more than 2,500 qualifications.
The Energy Project was developed by the Energy Sector Workforce Development Group who devised the project plan to secure sufficient skills training for the sector, developing supervisors and managers and updating the skills of the workforce up to Level 5.
Through the project a training needs analysis was undertaken for all participating companies. In addition to skills training, the project also helped participating companies to improve their equality and diversity action plans and environmental management systems.
The project resulted in the creation of a sector specific centre of excellence based within Pembrokeshire College which included the refurbishment of engineering workshops and the development of a CompEx training centre. A virtual control room for refinery operations was also set up equipped with software to meet employer demand.
Many local companies have benefited from the project with comments including: “The training given has provided our employees with a lifelong qualification that makes them extremely employable. It has been a benefit to the company as the training received is regarded highly within the water/ Petro-chemical industries in which we work and having all of our team leaders qualified puts us ahead of the competition,” commented Claire Gottwaltz from Celtic Vacuum Ltd.
Gary Price from Jenkins and Davies Engineering said: “The Energy Sector Training Project has enabled us to provide our employees with convenient and comprehensive vocational training which supports enhancement and development of their trade skills. The variety and standard of training delivered ensures that our company has a motivated, progressive and safe workforce who can offer all the up-to-date skills required for the modern engineering environment.”
The event last week attracted representatives from over 30 local companies who have been involved in the project and saw awards presented to individuals who have excelled through the scheme.
To help local businesses to continue to up skill their workforce, businesses can contact the Skills for Industry project (a £15 million scheme, part funded by the European Social Fund) which is designed to assist employers and enterprises in adapting to economic change by raising the skills levels and qualifications of their employees.
If you think your business could benefit from subsidised training through the Skills For Industry project please go to http://sfi.pembrokeshire.ac.uk or call 01437 753 320.