College opens green energy facility

Basingstoke College of Technology’s new Green Energy Centre

Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has opened its new Green Energy Centre to boost green skills training for construction students.

Officially opened in Colleges Week, the newly completed centre will allow students and local businesses to become equipped with knowledge and skills in renewable technologies such as air source heat pumps, solar thermal, photovoltaic systems and rainwater reuse.

The facility was supported with a £150,000 investment boost from the Department for Education as part of the Strategic Development Fund (SDF) and includes equipment to demonstrate and teach how to install and maintain ‘green’ technologies.

Initially, students on the College’s Level 2 Construction Multi-skills qualification and construction short courses will have access to the Centre, before it is opened up to other students across BCoT, which is in north Hampshire, to increase awareness of climate change and how the built environment affects us all. Local employers will also be able to book space in the Centre to upskill their teams.

BCoT’s head of construction Steve Gilder said: “The ambition to reach net zero and to be more sustainable means the construction industry is an ever-changing landscape, with new technologies being regularly introduced. It is therefore imperative that we equip our students with the skills, information and confidence to meet the demands of the industry.

“The new Green Energy Centre will provide an informative introduction to all things ‘green’, retrofit and net zero within the construction sector and allow our students to work within a state-of-the-art environment in which they can learn and develop their skills.

“We also look forward to welcoming local employers to the centre, who want to train their staff in the skills necessary to meet net zero targets.”

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