Power industry academy

The power industry is facing significant issues in the future as the combined effect of the increases in energy demand and reduction in capacity points to a shortfall in supply - the so called ‘energy gap’.


With support worth £6.2m from Advantage West Midlands (AWM) we have built a unique facility at Rugby College which will enable us to improve our support for the training needs of the power generation / manufacturing industry.


Equipment currently being installed consists of: 

  • A gantry crane with 10 metric tonne capacity. Remote controlled with the latest technology
  • Full range of milling machines
  • Full range of lathes
  • Non destruct testing (NDT) equipment which will give Warwickshire College the potential to become only the second ECITB accredited training centre.


Working with our business partners we will also be equipping the academy with the key equipment which would only normally be available for training and skills development when a power generation facility is taken ‘off-line’.


By providing this equipment in a real life environment employees can be trained to meet the skills levels they require without expensive downtime.


Training companies’ staff for the future

Warwickshire College Power Academy is working with the following companies to train their employees at various levels with a strong focus on Apprenticeships:-


Alstom Power Thermal Products – Rugby and Stratford

Alstom Power Thermal Services – Ashby

GE Energy – Rugby

Corus – First Steel – Birmingham

Doosan Babcocks – Birmingham

ECITB – Midlands

FH Dale – Steel Construction – Herefordshire

Howdens – Birmingham

Morgan = Est – Rugby

Rolls Royce – Ansty

Quartzelec – Rugby


If you want to find out how we can train your staff, or how you can become a Power Academy Industry Partner at Warwickshire College
email powerindustry@warkscol.ac.uk


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