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Community Gateway surprises college students with gas analyser donations

Community Gateway Association (CGA) has taken an important step towards strengthening its relationship with Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) following a donation of technical gear. 

CGA handed over eight flue gas analysers to apprentices at the college – where they are studying for NVQs in Plumbing and Gas – to enhance their learning experience and bring the subject to life using industry-standard equipment. 

A flue gas analyser is a portable electronic device which makes sure that the combustion of gas is correct by measuring carbon dioxide and monoxide levels. 

John Madigan, Gas Manager at Community Gateway Association, said: 

“We’re so chuffed to be supporting Blackpool and The Fylde College and all their budding plumbing and gas technicians as they learn and develop during their apprenticeships and NVQs [National Vocational Qualifications]. 

“We have one of our own team studying at the college for his Plumbing and Gas NVQ Level 1, so our partnership with the college is a longstanding and important one.  

“Added to that, six of our heating engineers have attended the college to obtain their Accredited Certification Scheme qualification, with seven other colleagues still completing the course. 

“We’ve been really pleased with the comprehensive, effective training delivered by B&FC and we wanted to do something to help them in return, because we recognise how much they’ve helped us as an organisation and especially our talented workforce. 

“I would like to say another thank-you to all the teachers at the college for helping our apprentices and staff members to achieve their goals and make sure that CGA has one of the best workforces in Lancashire when it comes to expertise, experience and development.” 

Chris Ponticorvo, Client Relationship Manager at Blackpool and The Fylde College, said:  

“On behalf of Blackpool and The Fylde College, I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Community Gateway for their generous donation of eight flue gas analysers. 

“These advanced tools will significantly enhance our training capabilities – providing our apprentices with hands-on experience and practical skills that are essential in today's industry.  

“This donation will not only benefit our students, but also strengthen our commitment to delivering high-quality education and training.  

“We are truly appreciative of Community Gateway's support and their investment in the future of our apprentices and the industry.” 

Photo caption (left to right):  

Glenn Kellett, Gas Supervisor at Community Gateway Association; Chris Ponticorvo, Client Relationship Manager at Blackpool and The Fylde College; and John Madigan, Gas Manager at Community Gateway Association. 

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