Your opportunity to be part of the City’s major infrastructure project

Join the Skills Training Academy here at Stoke on Trent College

The scale of the District Heat Network project is such that we need to grow our team to meet the expected demand for training up the next generation of experts who will be involved in the design, installation and maintenance of the Network through the coming decades.

Calling all experts and professionals in:

  • Building Services Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Welding
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Installation
  • Heating and Ventilation
  • Highways maintenance
  • Groundworks (Construction Operations)

We are looking to you to pass on your expertise through teaching, training and assessing the next generation, which is crucial to the success of the project and the City.

You may already be a teacher, trainer or assessor.  You may be an occupational expert who is keen to become involved and develop into a teaching or training role.  Whatever your background, you will be individually supported whether through training and/or qualifications to make your contribution to our team.

Do you have the passion and drive to join our team and help shape the future of Stoke-on-Trent? If so, we want to hear from you.

Along with the reward of being a significant part of such a high profile project for our City for years to come – in return you will receive a market competitive salary, up to 10 weeks paid annual leave, access to generous pension schemes, Occupational sick pay schemes, free parking, and continuous professional development opportunities to name but a few.

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The city of Stoke-on-Trent is on the cusp of launching a major infrastructure project, the District Heat Network, which will help to raise skills and increase employment across the region. It’s part of our Local Enterprise Partnership’s vision to create ‘an economic powerhouse driven by the transformation of Stoke-on-Trent into a truly competitive and inspiring Core City’ and is just one of the actions being taken to grow our local economy by 50%, and generate 50,000 new jobs by 2021.

The District Heat Network is one of a number of large scale projects that the City Council (supported by the LEP) has identified with the potential to transform our local economy and contribute to the LEP’s aims.  This exciting and innovative project will not only see the development of network of sustainable, low carbon and low cost heat energy to Stoke-on-Trent which will have a positive impact on the social welfare of the city’s residents, but which will also create local investment, training and employment opportunities over the next 25-50 years.

A district heat network is a distribution system of insulated pipes that takes heat from a central source and delivers it to a number of domestic or non-domestic buildings – so, a single source of heat that supplies all the properties in a geographical area. The heat source might be a facility that provides a dedicated supply to the heat network, such as a combined heat and power plant; or heat recovered from industry and urban infrastructure, canals and rivers, or energy from waste plants.

 

In the case of Stoke-on-Trent, the planned heat source is geothermal and will tap into water that is almost 3km underground but has a high temperature. The geothermal plant will transfer this heat to a closed loop of district network pipes which then provide heating across areas of the city. Work has begun on laying the initial pipes for this project and it is expected that over 18km of piping will have been laid by 2021 in the city. £500 Million is being invested in this project in the next 6-7 years.

Best of all, this will lead ultimately to affordable and clean energy for the city, benefiting the local economy in many ways – employment, new housing, increased local skills and greater incoming investment.

Stoke on Trent College has been identified as a key provider of the training that will be required over the coming decades to meet the skills needs of such a large infrastructure project, and will become the designated Skills Training Academy for the project.

The College is already working in collaboration with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and other key participants in this project, such as Nordic Heat, LOGSTOR and the Swedish Energy Agency, who have expertise in delivering geothermal heating systems across Europe.

Stoke on Trent College is ideally placed to support the skills requirements of the District Heat Network project, having class-leading engineering and construction facilities at its Burslem campus and a dedicated workforce of staff covering classroom and workshop training as well as apprentice training and assessing.

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