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Marshall-Tufflex Supports the Learning Curve
Alternative energy is a huge growth area and Hastings has recognised the need to support and train both industry professionals and student electricians in these new approaches to energy provision.
The Energy Centre is a dream realised for a handful of staff from Hastings College. Amongst them Mick O'Driscoll, who will manage the Energy Centre, Sue Middlehurst, Principal of Hastings College and Mohan Chana, Assistant Principal, Technology.
Sue Middlehurst joined Hastings College three years ago with a clear mandate to bring awareness both to students and local industry of just what the college might be capable if given the opportunity and support. Dr Chana, who works alongside Sue Middlehurst in driving the Energy Centre as a place where students of all levels can develop and renew their skills, credentials and trade licences. He says: “These new technologies will be the norm in 10-15 years and this is a fantastic learning centre for current, renewable and alternative energies.”
New manager, Mick O'Driscoll who project managed the on-site building works was agreeably surprised by the amount of support received from local businesses. Amongst those business was Marshall-Tufflex, who were very pleased to provide all the electrical conduit for the building. The company also sponsored one of the main training rooms by donating product display boards for training purposes and its flagship brand cable management system, Odyssey, with Part M blue back boxes and wired up with MT32, a prefabricated wiring system with a compact 32Amp plug and play connector.
Monmohan ‘Haps' Bhachu, electrical engineer from Sparktech Electrical, the contractor responsible for installing both Odyssey and MT32, really liked both products. He said: “The whole thing came together beautifully. Odyssey just hugged the wall and the MT32 connector technology is definitely the future for electrical wiring.”
Hasting College has re-emerged as Sussex Coast College, a truly exciting facility that has impressed representatives from both local industry and partner organisations. The latest Ofsted inspection confirms that SCC provides first class training with evidence of inspirational teaching and awarded the college a Grade 2.