The new training centre that is set to help hundreds of gas engineers from across the country secure essential qualifications and apprenticeships has been launched.
The academy, which has been launched by Liberty Group, includes an Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) testing centre that is open to gas operatives looking to renew their ACS certificates or take the course for the first time.
ACS accreditation is compulsory for all gas engineers in the industry. However, research from the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors shows 1.1 million jobs are carried out each year by fitters without the proper qualifications.
The new centre will grow over the coming months to offer Apprenticeships and NVQs in a range of disciplines.
Ivy Hughes, who heads up the Liberate Academy, said: “We’re delighted to launch this state-of-the-art academy which we hope will have a major impact on training across the industry. Liberate will enable young people to kick-start their careers through apprenticeships and offer a wealth of training opportunities to operatives from businesses up and down the country, including Liberty’s employees.”
Derek Corbishley, Managing Director of Liberty, said: “All Liberty Group gas engineers hold the ACS certificate and carry out up to date training. Liberate will provide us with a new home for all our training and make sure we can continue to invest in our staff by providing access to new skills, qualifications and best practice.”
Michelle Holdsworth, age 31 from Bradford, is the first engineer to undertake her ACS training in the brand new Liberate Academy.
Michelle said: “The new centre is fantastic. There is a friendly environment and it makes for a positive training experience. What’s really good about the Liberate Academy is the one-to-one support from the assessors – this made me feel confident that I was getting everything out of the training I would need.”
The Liberate Academy is supported by Vaillant Group and Worcester Bosch Group. The companies have kitted the centre out with top of the range equipment worth around £10,000.
Liberty is an award winning multi-disciplinary property services specialist offering market-leading expertise in gas heating and electrical installations, building maintenance and renewable energies to clients nationwide.