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The recent installation of Alpha combi and system boilers at Walsall College provided an opportunity for apprentices to gain from some practical experience and set up a new training facility for the benefit of future students.
Walsall College required a training facility which could train up to 12 apprentices in one area, ensuring each student had a dedicated bay to work from.
After contacting a number of manufacturers, the college decided Alpha was the company that would best meet its requirements. One of the college’s main requests was to implement a single-branded heating system which would offer a range of boilers to suit the standardisation and needs of the project.
For this reason, Alpha supplied its combi and system boilers, including the energy-efficient, highly compact E-Tec Combi. The company’s system boilers were installed for the apprentices to use, whereas the combi boiler was supplied purely for demonstration purposes.
All boilers were installed on original systems, and the apprentices installed all the new pipework. During installation, the apprentices didn’t encounter any issues and performed the work well with the help of Alpha’s comprehensive installation instructions.
Commenting on the experience, Graham Neale, plumbing and gas lecturer at Walsall College, says: “Working with Alpha was an utter delight, and the entire process was seamless. In terms of project delivery, there were time constraints. The training provision was already up and running, which meant we had to source suppliers quickly. Alpha’s area sales manager AJ Kalirai went above and beyond, using his expansive industry contacts to source other manufacturers’ products that we needed to finish the project. The college was extremely impressed with Alpha’s ability to accommodate the project’s requirements, investing time and effort into fulfilling each and every request.”
When it came to ease-of-installation, fellow gas and plumbing lecturer, Mark Dymond, was extremely impressed:
“The boilers were installed by our apprentices working towards their Level 3 gas qualifications and were signed off by myself and Graham who are Gas Safe registered engineers. The boilers have a lot of flexibility in terms of installation, and Alpha’s kit proved to be extremely helpful when deciding which ways to connect the pipework to the boiler.
“Alpha’s system boilers in particular are ideal for the type of assessments the apprentices have to do. Using Alpha’s system boilers, the apprentices have already completed three assessments successfully. In the future, there is no doubt we will consider Alpha’s products. They are the perfect partner for Walsall College.”