Neath Port Talbot College gets seal of approval from Ann

A South Wales college, NEATH Port Talbot College (NPTC) has had the seal of approval from Ann Jones AM for training the tradesmen and women of the future who will help fit water sprinklers in all new houses from May 2014.


Ann Jones who introduced the private members bill to ensure all new and renovated domestic properties will have fire suppression systems installed, visited the College to see how work was progressing.


The College has been working with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) and Skills for Industry (SSC) to develop a training programme to up-skill existing plumbers and heating trades people. They will then be equipped with the skills be able to install, commission and maintain water sprinklers in domestic premises.


Mrs Jones said: “I was very impressed with the facilities and the staff. The College is leading the way forward with its innovation and forward thinking. It has systems in place to help get industry prepared for the change in legislation.


“It’s also good to see the College working in partnership with other agencies such as BAFSA and SSC to help ensure the delivery of high quality training.”


“I hope the same training is available in North Wales soon – maybe even at Llandrillo college”.


Peter Snowball, Head of School for Building Engineering Services said “We were delighted to welcome Ann. We have met and spoken about this previously and delighted that we could show her how well we are doing and that systems are in place to deliver skills training. I am pleased to be working with BAFSA and we have been invited to work them further to potentially expand this skills project and training on a national and UK-wide basis.”