Another Snippet

Another snippet iv picked up is ‘making systems tight and efficient should always go together’?

New Year

2019 and i’m glad to say that these days engineers understand the evacuation and dehydration process?

Looking for an Apprentice/Looking for an Apprenticeship

There isn’t a week goes by without being asked if we know of anyone looking for a position as an Apprentice/Trainee/Improver and not a week when we are not asked if we know of anyone looking to employ someone who is wishing to train.

 

Sadly, its rare we can fit the two together although we do try really hard to do so.

 

Its usually the case that when we know of an opening, we don’t have a candidate in that area of the country and visa versa.

 

To that end we are opening a register so that companies looking to employ and train can register the fact and likewise, candidates who are looking for an opening can also register with the hope that we may be able to help in some way.

 

If either of these scenarios apply to you, please get in touch via our Contact Page

F Gas Regs

Apparently, thanks to F Gas Regs (whatever they are) more people are aware of the impact of systems on the environment, both directly through leakage and much more importantly indirectly through electrical energy usage. Not sure what if all means but I love to sound smart discussing all this with my canine friends!

 

‘Coffee Stains’

The Guvnors always analysing the exam results to make sure that the training always hits the spot.  They’re always going on about ‘coffee stains’ which, when I find out what it means – if not the obvious – I’ll let you know.

Employer Guide to Apprenticeships

The National Apprenticeship Service has issued a new guide for Employers of Apprentices.

Its an extremely useful document, updating employers looking to take on an Apprentice and wishing to train them, using their Levy Funds.  It explains the benefits, responsibilities, apprenticeship reforms and the Apprenticeship Levy.

What we thought was especially interesting was the Quick Guide for Employers dealing with the ‘Myths’ surrounding the Apprenticeship programme.

Click the link for more information

There are NO MYTHS about it, as an ‘RACHP Specialist’ on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, if you wish to enrol an Apprentice, give us a call.  We are enrolling now for starts in December 2018.

Understanding the Requirements of the New Apprenticeships in RACHP for Levy Paying Employers

There has long been recognition that the current Apprenticeship Programme does not achieve the high standard of skills and knowledge required by todays industry and that there is a dire shortage of suitably skilled technicians.  Today’s engineers need a high level of knowledge and skills to work with more complex systems with an increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and the environment.

To achieve this, the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship has been developed to stand alongside the new funding rules whereby larger companies pay into the Levy and can use their account to train their Apprentices, (or those of another company).  Funds expire 24 months after they enter an employer’s account if unused.

 These funds MUST be spent with a registered Training Provider of THE LEVY PAYERS’ CHOICE.

  • The Levy can ONLY be spent to fund new Apprenticeships.
  • The Employer/Training Provider/Apprentice must work in partnership together as never before.
  • Candidates will preferably hold Maths and English at Level 2 prior to commencement (or must achieve them)
  • Contracts must be put in place between all parties
  • There must be agreed working hours
  • There must be a minimum Apprentice wage paid
  • 20% of the Apprentices time must be spent in training ‘off the job’
  • 80% of the Apprentices time at work ‘on the job’
  • Each Apprentice must have a Mentor at work
  • Detailed records MUST be kept (all documented and authenticated) by all parties
  • Employer/Apprentice MUST commit to a three year training programme
  • An End Point Assessment to be completed at the end of the programme
  • The End Point Assessment is carried out by an INDEPENDENT Assessment Organisation (chosen by the Employer)
  • On successful completion the ESFA will issue an Apprenticeship certificate to the Employer.

 

We can accept contracts from Levy Paying Employers for the RACHP Apprenticeship!

  • We are a Registered Main Provider with the Education, Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA)
  • We have therefore passed due diligence, capability, competence and financial health (rated outstanding)
  • We are an Independent Training Provider approved to offer this Apprenticeship
  • We have been successfully delivering this type of training for over 27 years
  • We can offer you a comprehensive service
  • We will assess your candidates prior to enrolment
  • We will provide training to YOUR MENTORS and provide ongoing support to them
  • We will support your Apprentices and mentor them throughout their Apprenticeship
  • We will train your Apprentices to our normal high standards
  • We will ensure your apprentices are only ever part of a small group (12-16 max)

To find out more about this course please click here

Level 3 6090

After a successful visit from our City & Guilds External Quality Assurance Verifier we have now been able to obtain the certificates for our first group of successful candidates who completed their Level 3 qualification recently.

The EQA commended us on the high standard of work produced by our students ‘relating to complex RAC Systems’ especially in the 301/302/303 units that require load calculations, equipment selection and balancing and commissioning and performance testing.

Staff were also praised for the standard the learners achieved and their dedicated efforts in delivering this complex systems qualification.

‘Meeter and Greeter’

 

I’m known as the ‘Meeter and Greeter’ and I take my responsibly seriously but all I really want is someone to stroke me.

 

Recently I’ve had all number of students patting my head much to my delight but when I smile at them they often back away, but I have no idea why?  I suppose my breath smells occasionally but I really do have pearly whites!

Open Day 2018

Friday saw the first of our two open days for this year, which saw the usual numbers coming in to have a chat about their requirements and to look around, meet the staff and generally get acquainted.

 

The rush meant that we weren’t able to demonstrate water boiling at 23°C this year but hopefully we will do that at our next one.

 

Yes, refrigeration systems CAN heat water!

 

We had plenty of interest in the new 6090 Diploma as well as our ten day New Starter course, a great place for those plumber, heating engineers, gas fitter, wishing to add to their skill set.

 

Looking forward to doing it all again on Monday 25th June, hope to see you here?

Mr Postman

The Postman still doesn’t like me.  Do you know I’ve been working here for over nine years and this one hasn’t come near me, even though I hear them telling him I don’t bite?  He’s a lovely guy but I can’t help putting on an extra show when he arrives, dressed from head to foot in red!  I never could stand red.

A Momentous Day at Ellis Training Works!!

Our first Level 3 6090 group finished their City & Guilds Diploma in RACHP, which was very exciting for them and us.  It’s an emotional time for us all when we say goodbye to our students, especially when their journey with us has spanned three years, seen them grow in their knowledge and mature as ‘real’ RAC engineers, real because when we asked what bits they liked best the following topics were mentioned:

·         Refrigeration and Air Conditioning heat load calculations and equipment selection and balancing

·         Using P-h diagrams for a range of refrigerants to select the most effective Retrofill alternative for high GWP refrigerants like R404A

·         Plotting and using psychrometric charts for performance testing evaporators on VRF systems

·         Commissioning and testing multi evaporator/multi compressor complex systems, ducted air systems and water to water heat pumps systems

·         Testing and fault finding 3 phase electrical systems

Not all did their Level 2 with us and those that didn’t did a bit of pre-course preparation but as an old hand at this training, I have rarely been able to work with such a dedicated, hardworking, enthusiastic group as this.  We’ve pushed them hard, through an intensive work programme developing their basic principles to a stage where they can and do apply their knowledge thoughtfully and thoroughly.  I’m proud of them, very proud of them, and it’s been a privilege to work with them!

There are those, who should know better, that are tempted to be disrespectful about modern training qualifications but when they have experienced the City & Guilds 6090 Level 2 and Level 3 I’m sure they will see the light.  These are truly qualifications for the future.

Yes, they’ve got the tee-shirt but very much more.  Remember these faces, they are the future of the RAC industry!

Give us a call for more information


01707 879 879

Looking for an Apprentice/Looking for an Apprenticeship

There isn’t a week goes by without being asked if we know of anyone looking for a position as an Apprentice/Trainee/Improver and not a week when we are not asked…


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Employer Guide to Apprenticeships

The National Apprenticeship Service has issued a new guide for Employers of Apprentices. Its an extremely useful document, updating employers looking to take on an Apprentice and wishing to train…


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Understanding the Requirements of the New Apprenticeships in RACHP for Levy Paying Employers

There has long been recognition that the current Apprenticeship Programme does not achieve the high standard of skills and knowledge required by todays industry and that there is a dire…


Read More

Level 3 6090

After a successful visit from our City & Guilds External Quality Assurance Verifier we have now been able to obtain the certificates for our first group of successful candidates who…


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Open Day 2018

Friday saw the first of our two open days for this year, which saw the usual numbers coming in to have a chat about their requirements and to look around,…


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A Momentous Day at Ellis Training Works!!

Our first Level 3 6090 group finished their City & Guilds Diploma in RACHP, which was very exciting for them and us.  It’s an emotional time for us all when…


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