Rehau opens new training centre at East Berkshire College

The official opening has taken place of the East Berkshire College and REHAU Limited Renewable Energy Training Centre at the college’s Langley campus in Berkshire.

This is the first such commercial venture at the college and has seen the polymer solutions company equip a specialist training facility for students to enable them to learn more about renewable energy technologies.

The opening was conducted by the MP for Slough Fiona Mactaggart with college principal Kate Webb and Chief Executive of REHAU Martin Hitchin also present.

The new training centre features a comprehensive range of polymer products from REHAU focused on generating, distributing and managing energy efficiently.  It includes working demonstrations of REHAU’s solar panel technology and RAURAIN rainwater harvesting system and hands on practical areas where students can learn how to install underfloor heating systems and flexible pipework.

REHAU’s ground source energy probes are on display alongside these as well as its PVC-U window and cable management systems.

The centre will be used by students on a variety of construction courses at the college including Heating & Ventilation, Electrical, the Construction Foundation Degree and the part time Renewable Technologies & Sustainability course.

REHAU itself will use the facility as an extension to its own training Academy and will offer a range of seminars and Academy courses at the college, which is very close to REHAU’s southern regional sales office in Langley.

Martin Hitchin said of the opening:  “The East Berkshire College and REHAU Limited Renewable Energy Training Centre represents a significant investment for the company which we hope will further the understanding of renewable technologies amongst the next generation of contractors and installers.

“It presents a key part of our community involvement in this region and we hope it will serve as a blueprint for further similar positive initiatives both by REHAU and by others in the construction industry.”

East Berkshire College is one of the largest Further Education colleges in the south east with more than 10,000 students and over 800 staff.  With campuses in Langley and Windsor, the college provides over 700 vocational, academic and general interest courses including apprenticeships.

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