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What our clients say – weekly update

We use both traditional and modern methods to train our students to become capable, trustworthy and professional   tradespeople … we teach plumbing, heating and ventilation, gas, electrics, renewables and air-conditioning to people who are getting ready to help construct Britain’s brighter future. We show people of all ages the nuts and bolts of the construction industry, we give them practical on-the-job experience and the opportunity to use the latest in training, including virtual reality.

Yes, we’re very good at what we do  – and so are our qualified students.

Here’s what they have to say


Mr Ryan C.

peter very nice chap he is a guy with lots of field knollage and could explain it very clearly he made the week very easy and run smoothly overall very very happy with the week


Mr Leighton C.

VERY GOOD


Mr David D.

was all good..


Mr Jean K.

Pete was fantastic I wish I have him all the way through and not forgetting Chris what a legend both of them …..


Mr Andrew C.

Tutor and workshop staff were very helpful and the week was very productive and I feel I learn a lot in a relatively short period of time.


Mr Kevin S.

Pete and Chris have both been very helpful and both shared good knowledge of the course practical’s sessions thank you to the both off them its been a pleasure to be here this week many thanks Pete and Chris for your hard work.


Mr Jordan M.

Peter was very patient and explained thoroughly what was needed to be done.


Mr Everton W.

My experience has been tremendous. I am more confident now than when I first started the theory. Thanks Peter and Chris


Mr Paolo L.

Very good teacher thanks


Mr Anthony C.

It was very exciting and the staff… professional and helpful.

thank you.


Mr Jomon M.

TUTOR HAVE EXCELLENT KNOWELDE OF THE SUBJECT.I AM HAPPY TO THIS COURSE IN WATFORD.


Mr Michael H.

The centre staff were all very friendly and courtious.

John Ryan (tutor) was very well versed in the need to get us involved in the manner the exams were structured.

Overall I was given a good week of instruction and training.


Mr Ian T.

enjoyed my week, tutor john ryan very helpfull


Mr Adam B.

tutor was great had a good week learnt lots and had extra support to pass exam vary happy thanks


Mr Parminder S.

James and Mark have been brilliant learnt alot from both. Even some of the basic stuff they really helped me out and cleared a few questions i had. Thank you guys


Mr Andrei B.

friendly staff


Mr Arsene O.

very HAPPY


Mr Charlie B.

overall good week tutor was exellent look forward to second week


Mr Andrew A.

I AM GLAD I CAME HERE MOST TECHNICAL WORD IN PLUMBING BECAME CLEARER AND UNDERSTANDABLE WITH THE HELP OF THE TUTOR.


Miss Lindsey M.

I cant fault the ERR Wolverhampton centre, I really enjoyed my first week.


Mr Scott D.

good training centre.


Mr Kizzito N.

everything about the training center is great


Mr Thomas S.

steve is a top bloke that really knows his stuff and goes above and beyond to help his students


Mrs Jennifer J.

Fantastic as usual.


Mr Timothy G.

Top week


Mr Daniel D.

martin sheriff massive help highly appreciated


Mr Dean F.

Martin was brilliant extremly helpful and dealt with my failed exams excellently


Mr Bryan B.

tutor was very good


Mr Liam H.

Really enjoyed my second week practical. Both in the classroom and workshops.

Looking forward to starting my portfolio and getting back for week 3/4


Mr Andrew H.

GREAT WEEK .THX GUYS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.


Mr Ali M.

Overall I am happy with my second week, Mr Webster is a great teacher and has made me more enthusiastic to pursue this career path.


Mr Alan H.

very pleased previously had Neil as tutor which was good and terry was equally as good and ensured all practical and exams where achievable.

thank you


Mr Stuart F.

a third week at Featherstone and am still very very impressed with how well the centre runs. this place excels I can not praise them enough.

All teachers her have been brilliant and have gone above and beyond on all counts.

Having been involved in training schemes in others subjects I wasn’t expecting much however Featherstone ERR are very well organised and provide a friendly and approachable albeit professional high standard.

I will defiantly be booking at Featherstone for the completion of my level 3 NVQ in due course.


Mr Henryk Z.

Mr.Terry O’Brien is the best tutor that I ever meet. He put the things in simple words, intelligible language for anyone. It can be an example for every coach in the centre.Each exam was preceded by a precise explanation of the topic. He answered every questions and not once explained to the details of the operation of the system. I am very happy with the way in which Mr Terry O’Brien gave me instruction on the task that I work on.


Mr Mark W.

I enjoyed this week and Terry was a great help.


Mr Paul M.

very supportive throughout this week and the course in general, Terry was friendly and helpful


Mr Rodney C.

Couldn’t have asked for a better Assessor, this week.

Whatever help I required, Terry was there to explain everything in simple terms.


Mr Marco P.

I definitely had an excellent week end it up with a great result…

I have to say a big thank you to all my tutors for what I’ve been learning and to the brilliant support I had received

many thanks to all


Mr Ivan C.

Great experience, its all very productive when I come in. Really learn a lot.


Mr Isaac A.

everything about this centre is good


Mr Stanislaw T.

Dave was brilliant at explaining concepts and everything was run really efficiently – another enjoyable week at the centre!


Mr Vincenzo M.

all good snd well organised


Mr Ali A.

My tutor was excellent.


Mr Muhamed H.

Exellent, Nice teaching Thank you!


Mr James T.

Helpful and friendly.


Mr Laszlo C.

As usually week has been good so far, can not say thanks enough for our tutor for the supporting and knowledge what he is passed to me

Go-ahead for three London river crossings

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has outlined his commitment to providing greener and more public transport-focused river crossings in the East and South East of London.

The Mayor has set out a package of new river crossings to be built in the next five to 10 years that will vastly improve travel across the capital, while supporting new affordable homes and business opportunities in East London.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east. With new homes and economic growth across East London, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily.

“But we don’t want these to have a damaging impact on our environment, and that’s why I’ve reviewed and improved plans for Silvertown Tunnel and why I’m pushing forward with crossings that encourage public transport, walking and cycling.

“As we continue to unlock the massive economic potential of East London, we must secure the very best transport infrastructure that improves the quality of life for everyone living and working in the area.”

Go-ahead for three London river crossings

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has outlined his commitment to providing greener and more public transport-focused river crossings in the East and South East of London.

The Mayor has set out a package of new river crossings to be built in the next five to 10 years that will vastly improve travel across the capital, while supporting new affordable homes and business opportunities in East London.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s no secret that London has long needed more river crossings in the east. With new homes and economic growth across East London, it becomes even more important that we deliver new greener transport links that allow Londoners to cross the river quickly and more easily.

“But we don’t want these to have a damaging impact on our environment, and that’s why I’ve reviewed and improved plans for Silvertown Tunnel and why I’m pushing forward with crossings that encourage public transport, walking and cycling.

“As we continue to unlock the massive economic potential of East London, we must secure the very best transport infrastructure that improves the quality of life for everyone living and working in the area.”

Carillion wins £350m Nationwide contract

Carillion has been awarded a seven-year contract to provide facilities management services for Nationwide Building Society.

This contract is expected to be worth approximately £350 million and has the potential to be extended for a further three years.

The award builds on an existing partnership of nearly nine years during which Carillion has been providing facilities management services for Nationwide.

Under the new contract, which commenced on 1 October 2016, Carillion will provide a wide range of hard and soft facilities management and workplace services for Nationwide’s Headquarters in Swindon, its 15 corporate offices, critical data centres and 700 retail branches throughout the UK.

These services, which will be specifically aligned to Nationwide’s sustainability strategy, will include energy management, risk assurance, asset maintenance, capital works, front-of-house, security, grounds maintenance, mailroom management, porterage and cleaning.

Carillion Group Chief Executive, Richard Howson, said: “Our strong emphasis on delivering sustainable services is also a key differentiator, as both Nationwide and Carillion are focused on responsible business practice that maximises the benefits our operations can have on the communities in which we operate”.

Morgan Sindall gets £7.3m job at Heathrow

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Morgan Sindall has been appointed by Heathrow Airport to carry out £7.3 million of refurbishments and improvements to its infrastructure, runways and stands.

Pre-contract enabling works have been carried out to ensure there is no damage to underground services and the project team has already completed the first phase of the scheme, which involved resurfacing the T5 end of the southern runway.

The runway was re-surfaced with a new polymer modified bitumen (PMB) asphalt, designed specifically for use in airports due to its high strength and resistance to cracking.

The next stage of the project involves working directly in front of the BAE line maintenance base to replace underground stone water-drainage pipes.

The site team is working during the night and has constructed a purpose-built route so that aircraft are able to access the base, ensuring there is minimal disruption to one of the airport’s busiest areas.

The work was awarded to Morgan Sindall due to its place on the Q6 Framework. It is one of four contractors appointed to deliver a £1.5 billion programme of upgrades and improvements at Heathrow Airport by 2019.

Keith Cannin, managing director of aviation at Morgan Sindall, said: “We have a long standing relationship with Heathrow Airport and a track record of successfully delivering this kind of work.

Our site team understand the pressures and considerations involved working in a live airside environment and always take the necessary measures to mitigate interruptions at the airport.”

The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2017 and follows the successful refurbishment and resurfacing of the airport’s Sierra Taxiway as part of a £16 million contract completed last year.

North Wales projects secure £16m EU funding

More than £16 million of EU funds will be invested in two North Wales projects, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has announced.

The funding will boost businesses in the marine energy sector and training programmes for people affected by long-term unemployment and economic inactivity.

Around 50 businesses will benefit from specialist research and development collaborations with universities and 2,000 people who are out of work take part in training programmes to develop new skills and improve their job prospects.

Mark Drakeford said: “This is a major investment of EU funding which will finance highly specialised-innovation in an important sector of our economy and target support to people who are finding it difficult to get into work.

These projects are also good examples of how EU funds are being used in Wales to grow businesses, improve people’s lives and strengthen our economy.”

Almost £12 million will support Bangor University‘s £17 million SEACAMS 2 project, which aims to expand Wales’ marine energy sector over the next four years.

Experts at Bangor and Swansea universities will provide specialist research and development programmes to help businesses exploit commercial opportunities and create new products and patents.

The project aims to create new enterprises in the sector and accelerate job creation in existing businesses.

Professor Colin Jago, director of the SEACAMS project, said: “We will build on our five years of work with industry during the first SEACAMS funding phase.

In pooling expertise at Bangor and Swansea universities, we have the scope of knowledge to provide the detailed technical information required to support these exciting developments, which could change the way we resource our energy needs in Wales.”

Hull Uni secures £130m accommodation scheme

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University Partnerships Programme (UPP) has been appointed as preferred bidder to deliver a new student accommodation scheme for the University of Hull valued at around £130 million.

The 43-year partnership between the University and UPP will provide a further 1,450 students with a room, helping to meet the growing demand for high quality, on-campus accommodation.

The scheme will comprise a mixture of new build and estate transfer and UPP will raise the required investment and handle the design, construction and operation of the scheme. The construction value of the project is more than £80 million.

This latest partnership boosts UPP’s portfolio to around 31,500 rooms through long term partnerships with 15 leading universities across the UK.

Once the transaction is complete, UPP will have invested approximately £2.2 billion in universities across the UK since 1998, demonstrating the appetite amongst long term institutional investment for the higher education sector.

Sean O’Shea, Group Chief Executive of UPP, said: “We are committed to driving investment into the UK’s higher education sector and plan to invest a further £1 billion into universities over the next two years that will help deliver world class infrastructure and continue attracting the brightest and best students from across the world.”

Stephen Willis, Chief Finance Officer at the University of Hull, said: “The bold transformation well under-way on campus is a critical element in ensuring an outstanding student experience and a huge statement of confidence in the future of both the University and the city of Hull. We’re proud to be investing so significantly in making Hull a highly desirable place to live, work, study, visit and invest.”

Go-ahead to £110m Midlands shopping village

The building of a new shopping village for the West Midlands was given the go-ahead this week as development partners U+I and Rioja Developments confirmed receipt of full planning permission.

This is the biggest development of its kind in the West Midlands. It will inject a major investment into the area, provide a huge economic boost and put the area firmly on the designer outlet map.

The phased scheme will cost in excess of £110 million and will create over 1,200 jobs.

Nestled in a valley adjacent to a nature reserve the 26,505 sq m outlet village will provide up to 130 designer outlet stores, new restaurants and around 2,000 car parking spaces within easy access of the M6 and M6 Toll road.

Richard Upton, Deputy CEO, U+I, said: “This is a major investment that could generate more than £500 million of socio-economic improvements over the next ten years and create in excess of a thousand jobs, benefitting Cannock and the wider region and putting this outlet in the top five outlet centres nationally.

We intend to create a unique experience in factory outlet retailing which will complement the beautiful environment, including a real focus on sustainability.”

Giles Membrey, Rioja Developments’ Managing Director, said: “This is a key stage on our journey to make our vision for the Mill Green development become reality. It’s a unique location in terms of both the commercial opportunity and surrounding landscape.”

The area will also benefit from considerable investment in off-site improvements, including the widening of Eastern Way and the addition of much-needed pedestrian crossings. Moreover, Cannock will benefit from a further investment of circa £150,000 for town centre improvements.

Funding boost for proposed station at Robroyston

The Scottish Government has given a huge boost to plans for a new railway station for Robroyston.

The new station proposals, which include a park & ride car park, are designed to provide local residents with a sustainable travel option, as well as catering for additional future demand from the 1,600 new households planned for the Robroyston area.

The Scottish Government has committed to meet 50% of the station`s currently estimated construction costs – over £7 million – through the Scottish Stations Fund. The remainder is expected to be met by the scheme promoters Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Glasgow City Council, and private developers.

This investment reaffirms the Scottish Government’s commitment to investing in Scotland`s railways, ensuring that more people are able to access the rail network.

Minister for Transport, Humza Yousaf said: “I am very pleased to announce this substantial funding package for a new station for Robroyston.

This is a significant announcement, with Robroyston the first new station project to be funded by the Scottish Stations Fund, which was introduced to improve and increase access to rail across Scotland.

This announcement highlights the Scottish Government`s continued investment in rail infrastructure and services to better connect our communities and support sustainable economic growth and jobs across the country, with £5 billion of funding for infrastructure and services committed to 2019.”

Wates starts work on Hoxton towers

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Wates Construction has signed a £70.9 million contract to build Anthology’s new Hoxton Press residential development.

The Hackney project will see Wates create two towers of 20 and 16 storeys, comprising 198 one and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom penthouses for private sale.

Designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and David Chipperfield Architects, the new development will include a single storey basement car park, ancillary services and a ground-floor café in one of the towers.

The new development, which will overlook Shoreditch Park and Regents Canal, forms part of the ongoing regeneration of Hackney Council’s Colville Estate in Hoxton, which will also help fund investment in new council homes for social rent and shared ownership.

Building work has now commenced at Anthology Hoxton Press and completion of the two towers, Mono and Duo, is expected by summer 2018.

David Newey, Project Director for Anthology Hoxton Press said: “We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with Wates on the exciting regeneration of the Colville Estate. At Anthology, we put community into the heart of everything we do and with Wates’ support at Hoxton Press, we will be providing a community café for all local residents to enjoy.

Hoxton is cemented as a key London destination for buyers, renters and tourists alike. By working with Wates, we are able to bring our vision to life with a development that sits in the heart of Hackney and has good travel connections, markets, shops and design studios just a stone’s throw away. Anthology will continue to work closely with Wates to deliver homes that provide the community with a location for creativity to flourish.”