United Living in partnership with RSP Sprinklers Wales have run the first ever Sprinkler Skills Awareness Day at their Pillgwenlly regeneration site for Newport City Homes. Local community participants from Coleg Gwent, Itec Skills, Communities First and the Communities for Work (Welsh Government) programmes were the first candidates to learn about the skills needed, equipment used and the additional trade roles involved with installations.
As this was the first time that this type of activity has been delivered, Ruth Oliver from BAFSA (British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association), Jennifer Zecca (NPTC group of colleges, developers of IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation) and Nigel Ridout (Head of School, Construction Coleg Gwent) also attended to contribute and support the event.
New legislative changes now means that all new build housing in Wales will need to have sprinklers installed as part of the construction phase plan. Many Housing Associations and Councils will have to retrofit systems to their existing housing stock, particularly blocks of flats and residential homes for vulnerable tenants. This will translate to an increase in employment opportunities for installers, for which the company are keen to promote the skills required for the industry.
RSP Sprinklers have been leading the way with quality and standards in partnership with BAFSA and learning providers like NPTC group of colleges. This is to ensure that installers have the necessary skills and training for the future demands on the industry.
Extremely positive feedback was received from everyone who attended on the day and there were many more comments on Twitter and other social media avenues.