Schneider Electric has opened a new, purpose-built, 660 square metre Safety Academy at its UK headquarters in Telford. The two-storey facility will enable the company to increase both the number of health and safety training courses it runs, as well as the number of training places available on each course by up to 40%.
Courses at the facility will be available to both Schneider Electric customers and partners. In addition, all of Schneider’s UK employees will now receive health and safety training at the facility. Last year, Schneider Electric trained thousands of delegates on the safe operation of low, medium and high voltage electrical products, including staff, customers and partners.
For the last five years, Schneider Electric has been running courses from its training facility in Coventry. The popularity and demand for its specialist courses led to the decision to invest in a new facility to increase the quality and capacity of the training on offer.
The new Safety Academy facility boasts a 280 square metre, hands-on demonstration and training area with over 70 low, medium and high voltage switchgear products from a variety of manufacturers (including Schneider Electric), connected in configurations that simulate real-world operational environments. There are three 16-seater training rooms, as well as a number of break out areas.
Mike Hughes, Zone President of Schneider Electric UK and Ireland, explains, “Understanding how to install, operate, maintain or handle low, medium or high voltage products safely is absolutely imperative, whether those products are manufactured by Schneider Electric or any other firm. We are incredibly proud of our new state-of-the-art training facility here in Telford. The practical training room is one of the largest in the country, offering delegates a best-in-class training experience.”
He continues, “Our aim is to ensure that whatever the set up, in terms of equipment in their own place of work, the training received here will give people the skills, knowledge and experience to work safely. We’re really excited to open this new Safety Academy, and offer our high-quality training courses to even more businesses across the UK & Ireland.”