Preston College has announced the opening of its Baxi Training Academy.
The new centre features a range of boiler and hot water storage brands from Baxi’s parent company, BDR Thermea, including Baxi, Potterton, Main and Remeha.
It is the first time Baxi has had a dedicated centre in its home city and college staff are hopeful the company’s local history will help the partnership develop further.
The official opening of the training centre was marked with the presentation of a plaque by Paddy Fletcher, HR manager at Baxi to Chris Wood, vice-principal for excellence and learning at Preston College and a group of students from the plumbing course.
Keith Cunningham, assistant head, building services said: “We’re delighted to be working with Baxi on this exciting project which will bring great benefit to the students already on our programmes in plumbing and heating but will also give us the chance to provide additional training and courses for people already working in the trade to develop their skills.
“It will also allow Baxi to have a hub in the region where they can train their engineers and utilise the facilities as part of their training programme. ”
Fletcher said: ” This partnership is a crucial part of our on-going strategy to support its industry education in a unique learning environment. By making available the best products in the best facilities, together we are supporting students who are new to the industry and mature engineers who want to upgrade their skills.”