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Power to the people!

Multiple Queen's award-winning power engineering company, EA Technology, has launched a training facility dedicated to meeting a potentially serious power skills shortage.

EA Technology has launched a training facility dedicated to meeting a potentially serious power skills shortage

With the government regulator Ofgem and the Energy and Utility Sector Skills Council warning of skills shortages in key areas of the power industry, EA believes its Power Skills Centre (PSC) will be a vital resource in providing training that can help the sector's workforce meet the technological, environmental and commercial challenges it faces.

The new centre in Chester will offer the most extensive range of high level, specialist power engineering courses in the UK, which have been designed to provide the future skill sets required by the power sector.

The PSC also delivers commercial, interpersonal and management skills training geared towards the needs of professionals working in industry. These programmes have been developed specifically to provide the complete range of skills modern engineers require to excel in increasingly broad and demanding roles.

Delivered by leading experts with extensive experience in their field, all of the courses offer essential technical and commercial skills that can be utilised in a cross section of power environments; from transmission and distribution to low carbon and renewables. The breadth and depth of training available enables individuals to continually improve their performance and thereby achieve long-term career progression.

As a power engineering employer itself, EA Technology not only recognises the skills required of people working in the industry but also the business objectives of employers and ensures that its' training meets both sets of needs.

The company has been at the forefront of developing revolutionary technical theories and solutions for over four decades and has unrivalled expertise within the sector. This understanding enables the PSC to respond directly to the changing power skills agenda by providing courses that cover a multitude of disciplines including asset management, power networks, protection, substations, cable technology and electrical safety.

The Power Skills Centre's head of training, Steven McIntosh, said: "We offer access to training that is based on leading edge technologies and best practice. EA Technology is a world leader in improving power asset management, helping organisations reduce maintenance costs, boost performance of capital equipment and make better investment decisions. These same objectives and outcomes are built into the core of our training programmes. Engineers working in the power industry need a range of skills. The launch of the PSC increases our capacity for providing more cost-effective solutions to deliver the essential technical and professional skills needed."

In addition to its programme of scheduled courses, the PSC develops bespoke training programmes, which allow companies to tailor training solutions to address specific learning requirements or skill shortages. It is already working successfully with several employers on graduate development, power sector orientation and internal technical staff development programmes.

EA Technology is an accredited member of the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service and, as such, its courses can count towards delegates' professional development requirements. The company is also a National Skills Academy for Power quality assured skills provider and an endorsed training provider for the Institute of Asset Management.

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