Zamil signs with UK's GIFHE for air-con courses

Training institute arm to give Edexcel qualifications for young Saudis

Further technology around air conditioning will be influential on sustainable building.
Further technology around air conditioning will be influential on sustainable building.

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The Zamil Training Institute has signed an agreement with a UK college for vocational training in air conditioner and refrigeration technology for Saudi graduates.

The institute – part of Dammam-based manufacturing conglomerate Zamil Group - shook hands with Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education (GIFHE) in the development of UK-based, approved by the main qualifications-awarding body (Edexcel) in areas such as air-conditioning, welding and fabrication, production, instrumentation and control and electrical and electronics technologies.

“The agreement is in accordance with ZITI's goal to provide young Saudis with an excellent opportunity to gain internationally-accredited vocational qualifications,” Mohamed Abdulla Sharif, Zamil Industrial training centre manager, said last week.

The unit will ensure that all departments at ZITI follow specific procedural standards set by Edexcel and Grimsby Institute when delivering training and assessing trainees. “The unit will also instruct ZITI trainers and ensure that they are fully aware of the standards required for ZITI to gain and maintain external accreditation,” said Sharif.

Grimsby Institute will provide all materials required to deliver training programs, as well as a comprehensive learning management system that will be used to track the progress of all trainees, he added.

The web-based system will also provide trainees with continuous online access to all training and assessment materials and test results. Candidates for training programs will be selected using placement and aptitude tests based on ability and interest.

Air conditioning and refrigeration make up a significant part of a building’s energy use in the Gulf, say value engineers and advocates of sustainable building, spurring the need for further research to reduce waste and cut costs.

Buddy Watters, general manager of the controls division of Johnson Controls, a leading supplier of cooling systems and building monitoring technology, says despite the interest in sustainable building in Saudi Arabia, there is currently little application of the latest technology to reduce energy use in this area.

“There have been a lot of discussions in the market place, though I don’t think many people understand it, or care too much about the benefit,” said Watters, in an interview with CW in August. “So in terms of sustainability people aren’t terribly concerned and I don’t think many buildings being built today are with that in mind.”

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