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On 30 May, Eastleigh College hosted a Fujitsu training launch and breakfast morning where the official opening of its new Fujitsu-sponsored training room coincided with a series of industry talks – with the new Trailblazer apprenticeship standard as the top priority.

The Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Technician programme is a new qualification for acr apprentices, and the eventual result of a 2012 government report, the Richard Review of Apprenticeships, which concluded that the framework of UK apprenticeships required improvement.

The new standard has been developed by industry employers – including Mitsubishi Electric, Daikin, Star Refrigeration and Sainsbury’s – who came together in the wake of the government consultation to devise the qualification.

Owned and directly managed by industry to ensure that apprentices are familiar with the latest technology and legislation relevant to the sector, this standard has, notably, done away with any formal assessments throughout the duration of the scheme.

Dan Wareham, Eastleigh College’s team coordinator for apprentices, stated: “There will be no formal, on- programme assessment.” Rather, an apprentice’s employer and training provider will mutually agree that they are ready to progress, after which they will undertake an end-point assessment.

Course content has undergone an overhaul with employers setting out to increase emphasis on RACHP fundamentals, championing the

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value of work-based experience and putting in place acr-specific content with an enhanced focus on better pipe fitting and brazing skills. Funding has also come under scrutiny. Following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy last year, a 2018 update has meant that companies with less than 50 employees, and training an apprentice aged 16-18, can now receive full funding. Funding can now also be passed down the supply chain. Non- levy paying employers will be able to share the costs of training and assessing their apprentices with the Government.

While the RACHP Technician Trailblazer apprenticeship will surely benefit from the considerable industry involvement at its core, development of the new standard has not been without complications. Indeed, the precise nature of the programme’s end-point assessment has only recently been agreed upon, and is expected to take the form of a multiple choice, independently set and marked knowledge and skills test; two independently assessed practical tests, taken over two to three days; and a professional interview with an independent assessor.

While the course is expected to take three years, some have argued that a particularly talented or dedicated apprentice might complete the programme in two years, or even one.

Delays to the finalisation of the new apprenticeship standard mean that Eastleigh College is set to bring in the RACHP Technician qualification in September 2019, with Fujitsu having demonstrated its commitment through sponsoring the college’s new

training room.

FSW, in partnership with Business Edge, the specialist acr training

centre, now offers a one-day CO2 training course concentrating on FSW’s new range of Profroid QuietCOOL CO2


Intended to enable technicians to plan and undertake installation and commissioning of transcritical condensing units, the course is open to all F-Gas qualified technicians that hold a current certificate. Course content includes hazards and safe handling of R744; theoretical understanding of transcritical refrigeration systems; jointing and pressure testing K65 pipe; installation, testing, charging and commissioning of the Profroid Quietcool condensing units, including the Carel controller; and servicing and maintenance of Quietcool CO2


The Building Controls Industries Association (BCIA) is calling on engineers, technicians, electricians and building services trades personnel to complement their existing knowledge and skill-set in the building controls sector by securing their place on the new and improved BCM00-BCM06 training courses. The controls industry has a significant role to play when it comes to improving energy efficiency in the built environment, and talented engineers are right at the heart of this. The BCIA offers a suite of seven modules designed for those who are looking to enter the fascinating world of building controls, as well as those seeking to extend their knowledge base, advance their careers and help reshape the future of the controls

industry. packaged condensing

The industry needs talented individuals who with their valuable expertise can deliver smart control solutions. The most effective way to achieve this is to combine hard work and experience with up-to-date training.

Air conditioning installers can now access high quality technical training online using a new portal developed by Toshiba Air Conditioning UK. The portal enables customers to learn at their own pace, in order to qualify for Toshiba’s industry-leading seven year warranty.

The online training has been launched to augment Toshiba’s popular classroom-based training courses, and is aimed particularly at busy engineers keen to update their skills at a time to suit them. It uses a combination of instructional videos, pictures and bite-sized information that users can study and return to at any time. To ensure users have absorbed key principles and knowledge, courses conclude with an assessment quiz. Upon successful completion, a printable certificate provides proof of the achievement. Users have their own training account which records the courses they have successfully completed, either online or in the classroom. This provides automatic validation for warranty cover for equipment installed by each user, in accordance with Toshiba’s terms and conditions. Toshiba plans to develop the online training programme over time, with the addition of new courses on system design and application, as well as key technology topics such as compressors and related components.

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