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Cornwall College welcomes South West Water
Plumbing students at Cornwall College Camborne were visited by representatives from South West Water recently, to find out more about water supply issues and regulations they could come across when they begin working in industry.
In their first ever visit of this type, Mike Saldivar, Rob Goulden and Jeff Steere from the Water Regulations department at South West Water visited the plumbing students over two days to give them an introduction to the water distribution system they use for supplying water to homes in Cornwall, and how they manage and control leaks, as well as an overview of the water regulations they are likely to come across.
Jeff Steere, Water Regulations Team Manager at South West Water, said: "It's a great opportunity for the students to get a practical overview of the water industry, and as many plumbers end up speaking to us anyway to resolve a problem, it's good to start relations early. Water quality and regulations are also an integral part of the job, so talking to these students can really help embed this knowledge into their training."
Keith Scorey, Plumbing Course Manager at Cornwall College Camborne, said: "Although we do cover a lot of information on our courses, it's really nice for the students to get up to date facts and figures supported by live examples, delivered by organisations such as South West Water. It also allows the students to make useful contacts within the industry they eventually want to work in."
Ben Richardson, 17 from Falmouth and currently studying a Plumbing and Heating NVQ Diploma Level 2, said: "I really enjoyed learning how to find water leaks and what the information meant on the graphs they use. It was also interesting finding out about how they fix leaks too, and it'll be useful to know when I'm working."
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, said: "Opportunities like this are great for our students and allow them to make useful contacts and get an insight into the whole industry. I'm glad the students valued the experience and would like to thank the representatives from South West Water for taking time out to visit us."