College collaboration with construction firm

West Suffolk College Principal Dr Ann Williams with Anne Constantine, Principal and CEO of Cambridge Regional College, and Dave Jordan, Business Development Manager at Ridgeons.
West Suffolk College Principal Dr Ann Williams with Anne Constantine, Principal and CEO of Cambridge Regional College, and Dave Jordan, Business Development Manager at Ridgeons.

West Suffolk College is to join forces with a timber and builders merchants to deliver training across a range of sustainable technologies.

The collaboration with the Ridgeons group, which also involves Cambridge Regional College, will cover areas such as biomass boilers, solar thermal, heat pumps and rainwater harvesting.

Dr Ann Williams, principal of West Suffolk College, said the company, which has a branch in Bury St Edmunds, will provide contacts, help with staff training, source equipment and deliver seminars.

They will also look at the Government’s Green Deal - designed to help business and home owners use more environmentally friendly technologies.

Dr Williams said: “This will help us to grow and meet future demand.

“Both of the colleges already deliver training related to sustainability so it made sense.

“We need to make sure the students are fully conversant with sustainable building methods.

“We’ve all got links in the industry so if we work together then we can continue to promote the importance of sustainable building.

“It’s something that’s really important for the future. People have to get their head around things like water harvesting and how we might use our resources more sustainably.”