» NEW CENTRE OPENS IN HARLOW

Electrical apprentices across the South East can benefit from a new AM2 assessment centre at Trade Centre Training in Harlow. The new centre, based at Cawley Hatch, offers the area’s apprentice electricians a local facility at which to take their AM2 in order to complete their training.

Harlow AM2 centre is ready to welcome candidates from the Essex, Herts and London areas, as well as parts of Cambridgeshire. Around 150 trainees are expected to go through the assessment at Harlow in the next 12 months, increasing to 200 in 2013. Electrical installation is now the most popular vocation training course in Britain, with nearly 100,000 training nationwide, according to City and Guilds.

Colin Harris, Managing Director of Trade Centre Training, says: “With the Government’s strengthened focus on apprenticeships, it’s vital we give skilled young people a chance to seek a career in a rewarding sector. The AM2 reinforces the fact that the electrical sector is both professional and modern. We can’t wait to support employers in our area and help local trainees prove their skills closer to home.”

Stephen Plant, NET Business Development Manager adds: “NET welcomes this opening at Harlow which will help to ensure that apprentices in the South East have an AM2 assessment facility convenient to them. We are delighted to work with Trade Centre Training who already have a good relationship with trainees and employers in the region and have established themselves as a quality provider of industry-recognised training.”

The AM2 is recognised by the electrical industry as the benchmark of an individual’s occupational competence and is run by National Electrotechnical Training (NET), a not-for-profit body whose principal objective is to secure the vocational training needs of the UK electrical installation industry.

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