Over the last two weeks, three construction companies visited our Plumbing students to show them possible career paths and offer advice.
On Tuesday 24 September, Vaughan Wiles, Technical Training Specialist at Resideo, talked to Plumbing Level 2 students. Resideo specialises in central heating controls and components and is part of the Honeywell company. Students participated in a one day training course covering safe isolation, electrical safety, fault diagnosing and much more and were tested on their understanding at the end of the day on a Central Heating System Training Board.
Daniel Richards, Construction teacher, said, “We are looking forward to working closely with Resideo in the future and for our Plumbing students to be involved in further training days with them.”
On Monday 30 September, Austin Sharp, RuTC alumnus and founder of the Richmond based plumbing company WeFix, shared his story with students about his stages from studying at RuTC through to gaining work experience and finally starting his own business. He said, “Richmond upon Thames College gave me the practical work experience as well as knowledge of the industry and regulations. Standing in front of the students now and looking at their faces I feel hopeful that each and every one of them will gain the knowledge and confidence to be successful in their own ways.”
WeFix support RuTC by offering work experience placements and will be sponsoring the college’s "Plumber of the Year" Award at the end of the academic year.
Finally, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) visited our students on Tuesday 1 October. Jerry Whiteley, Technical Manager at CIPHE, spoke about the work and career progression opportunities in the plumbing industry, new government legislations and regulations and the building engineering industry.
In February 2019, RuTC became a CIPHE approved training centre.