A new assessment facility for apprentice electricians has opened at Newcastle College.
The £145k AM2 Centre will help to ensure that the area’s electrical apprentices have access to a local assessment centre when the time comes for them to sit their AM2 – the electrical industry’s assessment of occupational competence, and the final assessment apprentices need to pass before they complete their training.
It was developed by Newcastle College in partnership with the electrical industry’s training charity, National Electrotechnical Training (NET), in response to the increasing number of employers asking for an AM2 qualification when recruiting for staff.
The Centre, based within the College's Energy Academy, will offer flexible assessments that can be planned around the needs of employers and training providers and will predominantly serve the North East of England, but has already received interest from Cumbria, the North West and North Yorkshire.
Edward Evans, a certified AM2 assessor, was brought in by Newcastle College to help them develop the facility. A qualified electrician with over 20 years' industry and teaching experience, Edward has helped to set up AM2 centres in other areas of the country and assessed AM2 candidates.
He said: "This facility has really set the standard and is one of the best AM2 centres that I have seen. The AM2 assessment is the industry approved end test for electrotechnical professionals and all Newcastle College electrotechnical apprentices complete it as part of their training. The beauty of the College having its own centre is its ability to invest and develop the highest standard facilities possible for its apprentices. This first class facility will ensure that apprentices have access to an assessment centre close to home when time comes for them to sit their AM2.”
Iain Macdonald, CEO of National Electrotechnical Training, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Newcastle College to our group of AM2 assessment centres and have no doubt the trainees who use the new centre in Newcastle will benefit greatly from having such an excellent facility available in the city. The AM2 assessment has provided a robust check on the competence of those seeking a future working with electricity for the last 30 years. It is trusted by employers and the industry as the most effective means of demonstrating whether someone is fit to join our industry, and our centres are a crucial part of maintaining the assessment’s high standing within the industry.”
For more information or to book an AM2 assessment, contact 07825 008097 or email AM2testing@ncl-coll.ac.uk.