North Notts College has recently made a significant investment in relocating the National Electrotechnical Training (NET) approved AM2 Testing Centre from an industrial unit at Shireoaks Triangle Business Park to a new purpose-built facility at the College’s main campus in the centre of Worksop.
The centre, which provides end-point assessment services for electrical apprentices, is one of the busiest centres in the UK and the only centre in this area. The centre conducts hundreds of assessments each year in AM2, AM2S, AM2E to apprentices from across North Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire and further afield.
The new centre has not only been completed during the current COVID-19 crisis but has been approved to open and operate as of the start of July, making it one of the earliest centres linked to a college to reopen since lockdown measures were introduced in March.
A bigger footprint, improved welfare facilities and enlarged assessment area mean that the newly approved, COVID secure, testing centre is able to operate at 75% of its traditional capacity, with improved availability for any re-sits required.
North Notts College AM2 Centre Delivery Manager Craig Hocking has overseen the preparations, and worked closely with the NET, to ensure that the centre can reopen safely.
Craig said: “It’s been a challenging time to relocate the centre from its previous base at Shireoaks to our new central location on the College campus and the whole team involved has worked very hard to achieve this.
“It’s exciting to be able to re-open from our new centre and start playing our part in ensuring that the latest generation of electricians are given the opportunity to complete their qualifications in a timely manner.
“This new centre offers our candidates a much better assessment environment, being based at the main College campus means that we are more easily accessible by public transport, we have a bigger car park and our delegates will also be able to make use of the College facilities such as The Bistro or head into town during their breaks.”