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Air Conditioning Engineer’s Sustainable Built Environment Course


RAC magazine reports that Liverpudlian Jay Gregson was the first person in the UK to sign up to the new The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Sustainable Built Environment.

Just nine colleges in the UK offer The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Sustainable Built Environment, which provides work based learning at university level. The first course started at the back end of last year and is open to A-level students (with 80 or more UCAS points); Level 3 Advanced Apprentices, those with BTECs and people already working in the industry.

Jay Gregson, who works as an air conditioning engineer for an international air conditioning firm, is completing the course at Leeds College of Building where he will study towards an NVQ Level 5 in Construction Management (Sustainability) and a Higher National Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment.  He will then choose Construction, Civil Engineering, or Building Services as a specialist subject.

The new HLA qualification offers the best of all worlds to students currently employed in various sectors, as they will still earn a wage with the course. It also rolls three qualifications into one.

The qualification was developed with employers, colleges, universities and all the leading sector skills councils in order to add real value to the industry by creating a skilled workforce that is productive and can help businesses to grow. The course is extremely dynamic and demonstrates all the latest methods of design, construction, and maintenance.

Throughout the course, apprentices have to apply critical reasoning and analysis techniques to solve built environment and engineering problems using industry standards, appropriate codes of practice and work based evidence. In addition, they have to consider the environmental impact of all their activities, which could include evidencing the need to recycle, reclaiming or re-using material resources, waste management planning, and reducing carbon emissions on projects. Successful participants will be able to pursue a career in a wide range of disciplines including air conditioning and refrigeration, architecture, building services, civil engineering, construction management, maintenance, planning and surveying.

It is clear to see across all building services, more attention is being paid to sustainable and green technologies and it is important that the engineers and professionals of the future have these skills to hand. We have always been conscious of energy savings as a way to contribute to a greener world and we can advise our customers who are eco conscious of the best options for their home air conditioning and heating systems.

The colleges offering the course are Leeds College of Building, Bradford College, Grimsby Institute, Highbury College in Portsmouth, Leicester College, and Moulton College in Northampton, New College Nottingham, Oldham College, and Stephenson College in Coalville.

Posted in: Latest News - On: 9th of March, 2013