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havering college plumbing centre of excellence launch industry panel
Yesterday we launched our Plumbing Centre of Excellence, the first of its kind in London, supported by The Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

The aim of this employer-led venture is to create and develop professional, employable students who are keen to progress within the broad industry that is plumbing.

Employers will support the students and teaching staff in a more practical and effective manner by providing opportunities for CPD and work experience, to ensure that they are fully aligned with the technology and innovations being used today.

The launch was kick-started by introductions from Bob Noseda, the College’s Sector Skills Advisor, Principal Maria Thompson, and Steve Vaughan, a regional director at Aecom.

The talks were followed by the main part of the launch, a Q&A session facilitated by Vice Principal Asfa Sohail. This gave staff, students and guests the opportunity to ask questions about this exciting and unique programme, as well as the plumbing industry as a whole, to a panel of experts (pictured above) including Tracey Richardson, the first female and current President of CIPHE, Sanjay Modasia of J.A. Brooks, and Jonathan Gaunt, the Chair of SoPHE.

Colin Seabrook, Head of Department for Construction and Building Services, said of the collaboration between industry and education:

This is a great opportunity for students, staff and employers. In particular, it provides students with unrivalled access to help and guidance from industry leaders, placing them in a great position for a great future.

The concept is one that, if successful, will be replicated by other sectors and has the potential to become a model supported by the entire construction industry.

We look forward to the development of this project and what the future holds for it!

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