Telford College is opening a new centre for battery energy storage training, helping to upskill local electricians, electrical technicians and engineers in this important element of renewable power systems.

The accredited LCL Awards course, which begins on March 28, is being run in conjunction with training company GTEC, supported by Telford-based specialist battery supplier and manufacturer, AceOn Group.

The qualification covers the installation of dedicated Electrical Energy Storage Systems (EESS) in accordance with the relevant IET Code of Practice and is recognised by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Successful candidates will receive a level three certificate from LCL Awards, one of the building services engineering sector's most respected awarding organisations.

The two-day course provides detailed theoretical and practical knowledge, focused on giving tradespeople the skills to size and safely install an EESS depending on the application.

Beckie Bosworth, Telford College's employer engagement manager, said: "This qualification is aimed at electricians, technicians and engineers with experience of electrical installations, and associated inspection and testing.

"Applicants should be working within the electrical industry and ideally hold a formal level 3 electrical qualification - they must also hold a current BS7671 qualification."

Griff Thomas, MD for GTEC said: "We are delighted to see our EESS qualification delivered from Telford College. To date, GTEC (based in Hawes, North Yorkshire) has been the only location available for this type of training. Now, more electrical installers will have access to this important course, which is set to become increasingly popular as homes and workplaces look for cost-effective, stable and sustainable ways to generate power."

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