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WEST Launches Energy Courses with Cross Country Road Show

Post date: January 22, 2014

WEST Launches Energy Courses with Cross Country Road Show

The Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) Welsh Energy Sector Training (WEST) project embarked on a cross country tour around Wales in November to promote the launch of their new training courses.

The LCRI’s Convergence Energy Programme, supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, works with enterprises to develop industry-relevant new technologies that will provide business opportunities and help Wales deliver on its low carbon agenda.

The WEST project is helping people in the Welsh energy sector and beyond to develop skills to aid the uptake and use   of the new technologies developed through the LCRI programme. This ensures that the latest research is disseminated to those working within the relevant sectors, keeping the workforce in the Welsh energy sector up to date with industry developments and helping them to stay competitive in the job market. It also offers people who are considering a future career change an opportunity to find out about key aspects of the energy sector.

The WEST road show began at the LCRI Conference 2013 in Llandudno, followed by breakfast events in Aberystwyth, Swansea and Cardiff. These events included introductions by WEST’s Director, Dr Julie Gwilliam and Project Manager, Dr Vicki Stevenson, as well as presentations by the WEST theme representatives for Marine Energy, Hydrogen Technology, Large Scale Power Generation, Low Carbon Built Environment and Solar Photovoltaics.

The WEST team is developing training courses at levels 4 and above, based on the latest research in the themes. All the courses are accredited by Agored Cymru. WEST training is fully funded for people working or living within Convergence areas of Wales and Welsh translations will be available.

Gareth Potter, WEST’s Marine representative, said “The marine team has developed two exciting ‘taster’ modules that provide an introduction into the design of wave and tidal marine energy devices. We are really looking forward to delivering these modules, which are underpinned by the world class research that we have been undertaking as part of the LCRI Marine project.”

The courses will enable participants to develop skills relating to new technologies, and have been designed to be accessed easily by busy professionals. There are a variety of 1 and 10 credit courses, using a blend of face-to-face teaching and distance learning. This will allow the students to maximise the effectiveness of their learning time.

Dave Andrews, an attendee at the Cardiff Roadshow event, said “I’m really pleased to see a range of bite-size training units which I can fit in around my work commitments.”

Vicki Stevenson, Project Manager for WEST said “This road show was a fantastic way to launch the upcoming WEST modules, and we had over 80 delegates attending the sessions. Our team has been working hard to develop the content for these courses. Now that the Welsh School of Architecture has been granted the status of Learning Centre by Agored Cymru, we are looking forward to meeting our first course participants in the New Year.”

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