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30.11.2018 BLOG

The spark of something new


The Faraday Centre specialises in providing comprehensive electrical power training to a wide range of industries, from oil and gas to chemical engineering and construction.

Working on high voltage equipment is no simple matter, and engineers often require expert training and skills to carry out electrical works and routine maintenance safely. Meeting this demand for specialised instructional courses has been the focus of The Faraday Centre since it was founded in 1991. Nearly 30 years on, the company has grown, recently relocating to the Wilton Centre, as well as establishing another centre – Thomas-Faraday Training Ltd in Cyprus – as part of its international expansion. Suhail Mitoubsi, the general manager, explained: “We’ve developed many courses over the years, but they all have one thing in common – they were triggered by the industry and developed in response to demand. We like to say that our programmes are ‘designed by industry, for industry’.”

“A key advantage of our courses is the blend of classroom instruction with practical hands-on experience, which is critical to developing understanding and the necessary skills. It’s not unusual for theoretical textbook material to deviate from everyday experience on the ground, and it’s essential that our trainers can identify the kinds of situations encountered by course participants. For that reason, our lecturers all have extensive real-world experience. In each of our centres, we install electrical industrial equipment adapted to work with 110 volts – rather than 6,600, 11,000 or 33,000 volts as is used in industry – creating a safe training environment, while replicating the same functionality as the real world. And, for both classroom and practical training, we limit group sizes to a small number of trainees so that each person receives sufficient attention and can make a meaningful contribution to shared discussions.”

“Our primary motivation for moving to the Wilton Centre was to develop an appropriate space for our requirements; we have more than doubled our footprint to 4,000 square metres. If I were to design a training centre area, I couldn’t have done a better job myself. At the same time, a number of our customers are already at the science park, so it’s great to be situated on the same campus as them.” Suhail concluded: “Electrical power training remains a niche market, but it’s exciting to be expanding our reach worldwide – as far as Australia, the Far East and the West Indies – all while pursuing the necessary accreditation to validate the high quality training we offer.”

 To learn more about The Faraday Centre, visit www.faradaycentre.co.uk