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West Suffolk College, in Bury St Edmunds, offering forward-thinking plumbing course

A Bury St Edmunds college has formed a forward-thinking partnership which will offer students a plumbing course focusing on clean, renewable energy.

West Suffolk College has paired up with East Anglia-based energy company Gasway/Blueflame to offer a new pre-apprenticeship in plumbing from next month.

The company specialises in the integration, maintenance and repair of central heating and renewable energy heating systems, from domestic appliances to commercial plant rooms.

West Suffolk College Gateway building.
West Suffolk College Gateway building.

Phil Stittle, executive director of Business Development at West Suffolk College, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for students to progress to an apprenticeship with a forward-thinking energy company like Gasway/Blueflame.

"Learners will really stand out having a relevant qualification for the growing clean energy sector and having relevant work experience.

"We are delighted to continue to build our curriculum in this way and support our local community as best as possible."

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be guaranteed an interview for Gasway’s awarding winning Apprenticeship programme and opportunity to directly progress into industry, paid employment or further education.

Tomas Lloyd, apprenticeship delivery manager at Flagship (Gasway/Blueflame’s parent company), said: "The decarbonisation of heat plays a critical role in supporting a net zero carbon emissions target, which is why it’s so important for us to work with education providers to generate skills for the future.

"This programme allows individuals to obtain formal plumbing and renewable energy qualifications, work experience and mentor guidance, as well as the opportunity to embark on a rewarding career in an emerging and vital sector."

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