Staff Profiles - The Power Assessment & Training Centre

Ray Jenkins - Manager, Electrotechnical courses

Ray Jenkins is a veteran of Carshalton College celebrating 34 years working at the College.

Ray has taken the full journey, joining the College at 16 and enrolling on an Electrical Apprenticeship. After four years’ studying and working at Seeboard, Ray qualified as an Electrician and continued to work for Seeboard before undertaking further study to become an Electrical Engineer. Ray returned to Carshalton College as a teacher in 1977.

“I remember walking through the gates on my first day aged 16 feeling nervous about starting my Apprenticeship. I remember my tutors and been lucky to stay in touch with them through the years. I hope I have made the same contribution to people’s careers as the impact my tutors had on mine.”
Ray spent the next 27 years teaching electrical courses before managing the electrical programme and then the Engineering Academy.
“The best part of working at Carshalton College is being part of the success that students accomplish. Being here for 34 years has enabled me to see students at various stages in their career as they revisit the College to renew their qualifications.”

Moving onto management with the academy presented Ray with new challenges after his teaching career and his success saw his progression to managing and delivering the electrical courses at the Power Assessment and Training Centre. Ray believes the success of The Power is down to the personal touch, support and flexibility provided.

The course portfolio for electrical courses is varied and the team of 10 teaching staff deliver qualifications including City and Guilds certificates in installation, wiring and testing for electrical engineers. They also complete site visits to provide training to companies at their own premises. The Centre is open six days a week and four weekday evenings to accommodate all the learners, with up to 100 students attending courses on Saturdays.

“It is essential to be flexible to trade professionals who are fitting these courses in around their hectic lifestyles. We are able to accommodate learners at short notice with courses running until 9.30pm in the evenings and all day on a Saturday.”

Ray has also been involved in the development of the Foundation Degree in Electrotechnical Industries, carrying out research into the barriers that learners face on progression to Higher Education. His findings highlighted one of the major restrictions is the lack of a suitable course at an appropriate time. Following this, Ray worked with colleagues at London South bank University to develop a Foundation Degree, writing several units and getting it through validation. Carshalton College now have two groups enrolled on the course.  


Trainer and Assessor, Gas Courses

Les qualified as a plumber over 20 years ago and worked in the self employed domestic gas sector before undertaking his teaching qualifications 12 years ago, followed by undertaking gas training and assessment qualifications. 

Les has been teaching at the Power Centre for over four years, initially in gas training and now with energy efficiency courses including unvented water, solar thermal, heat pumps and water regulations.

“Our training courses are geared towards the adult market, for those who want to become self-employed or to work for industry related organisations.  We feel a great sense of pride and achievement when our learners become qualified combined with our record of 100% pass rates, 97% of which pass first time.  Courses are taught in small groups at flexible times to suit the learner”.

Les will be teaching LPG courses shortly as well as new energy efficiency courses such as Rainwater Harvesting and Biomass heating


Pat Finn – Gas Assessor

Pat has been in the building trade for over 25 years working in Construction, Plumbing, Heating, Gas and Electrics.  He started his career in the family business working with his brother on loft conversions, building extensions, plumbing and heating before moving into training and assessment.

Having completed his assessment qualifications which include CCN1, Assessor Awards D32, D33 and Core Gas Safety on all appliances, Pat has been working in education for the last 10 years as a Gas Assessor and occasionally teaches on the Guild of Gas Fitters course.

“I have worked with the Power Centre for the last four years and have found it a rewarding and challenging experience assessing learners with different nationalities and abilities.  There is a real sense of achievement for both the learner and myself once they have completed their training”.
Pat has recently completed his LPG qualifications and is ready to assess this course along with commercial gas courses.




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