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Our work with JSV Plumbing & Heating

Safety first for JSV Plumbing & Heating

Jaspal Virdi has been a self-employed gas engineer and plumber for more than five years.  He focuses on domestic household plumbing and is required by law to be Gas Safe registered. Jaspal said: “I can’t actually continue my business without being Gas Safe registered, and to ensure I meet their standards, I am required to keep my qualifications up-to-date every five years.”

Gas Safe replaced CORGI in 2009 and has since been the official gas registration body for the UK, appointed by the Health and Safety Authority.  Once registered, gas engineers receive regular updates and technical service alerts to ensure that they are kept abreast of all the latest changes in the industry. Bedford College was Jaspal’s first choice for training, not only because the College is local, but because other tradesmen had recommended them as providing excellent expertise in plumbing technology.

Fantastic facilities

The College’s Gas and Plumbing Technology Centre in Kempston provides excellent, specialist facilities that recreate real working environments and are approved by the British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC).  The Centre contains some of the most advanced equipment in the UK, including: solar panels, photovoltaic (PV) panels, rain water harvesting, Dimplex ground source, heat and air pumps, and unvented hot water systems.  There are also 21 plumbing bays and 12 airing cupboard spaces, lead burning facilities, steel pipe area, an unvented hot water training area and an integrated gas assessment centre as well as gas cookers, fires, boilers, heaters and domestic appliances.

These facilities were perfect for Jaspal’s training as he offers a wide range of services to his customers, from central heating and boiler installation through to fitting an entire bathroom, and he therefore needed his training to cover all these areas. 

Broad range of courses

Bedford College offers a wide range of plumbing courses.  The Core Domestic Gas Safety (CCN1) Certificate involves a time investment of five days but enabled Jaspal to leave with the knowledge and skills relating to safety regulations, procedures and British standards which must be adhered to when working on gas installations.  The Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems re-assessment Certificate took only half a day out of Jaspal’s busy schedule and covered design, installation, maintenance and compliance with other building regulations.  Jaspal received his British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) certificate and competency card on completion of the course. 

In safe hands

Jaspal added “Every time I go on a course at Bedford College, it improves my business.  Not only does it ensure I can offer a broad range of services to my customers, but it reassures them that I am completely up-to-date with all the latest technologies and regulations.  He added:  “The staff at Bedford College are very good – they seem to know everything about plumbing, which makes me feel confident that I’m in safe hands for my training.”

To find out more about how Bedford College can help your organisation face future challenges, please telephone: 01234 291747 or email: training@bedford.ac.uk