Bo'ness modern apprentice uses his skills to help install new renewable training workshop

Two Modern Apprentices have done their bit to improve the environment by helping to install Forth Valley College’s new Renewable & Energy Efficiency Training Centre.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 1:00 pm
Bryce William O’Neil (19) from Bo’ness.
Bryce William O’Neil (19) from Bo’ness.

Bryce William O’Neil (19) from Bo’ness and Reece McCulloch (17) from Alva have both been heavily involved installing the solar thermal and photovoltaic equipment, as well as air and ground source heat pumps, at the Falkirk Campus, after Forth Valley College (FVC) successfully tapped into a £500,000 fund created by Scottish Power Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund and overseen by the Energy Skills Partnership (ESP).

The new facility is earmarked to be officially launched in June this year.

Renewable Heat MA Bryce is now in his second year of his plumbing and heating Modern Apprenticeship training at the Falkirk Campus.

He said: “It has been brilliant to work on this project and I have really enjoyed it. I have installed all of this equipment, so I should know how it all works when I come back to class and continue my training next year in third year.

"It is going to be weird in class if I make any mistakes and I am sure lecturers and class mates will really let me know about it!

“It has been a great job to work on as everything is well spaced out and it is very clean. This is going to be an excellent facility for plumbing and heating engineers to train in and I would totally encourage it as this is the way forward for the industry.

“I am really looking forward to going into the third year of my MA – this is going to be the big one for me – and I can’t wait. I would recommend it to anyone.”

FVC’s Estates Manager Marc McCusker called in experts Renewable Micro Solutions to manage the specialised installation.

Projects Director Gregor Ford said: “I think this is a fantastic renewables training facility and will be one of the best to be found across the Scottish College sector.

"Our sub-contractors Dawson Bespoke Joinery and Renewable Heat and their Modern Apprentices, as well as Firth Electrical who installed the electrical infrastructure of the project to provide power and controls to the units, have done a great job and have created a great teaching asset for Forth Valley College.”