A packed schedule includes:
A Hydrogen Introduction – Ben Johnston Lecturer Belfast Met
A Hydrogen Demo - Ben Johnston Lecturer Belfast Met
A Hydrogen Vehicle Experiment – Alan Reid Lecturer Northern Regional College
Hydrogen Training Academy and qualifications discussion - Alan Reid Lecturer Northern Regional College
Hydrogen jobs, training, apprenticeship opportunities discussion –Translink representative
An FCEV Bus tour outside the Belfast Met Titanic Quarter campus – Karl McTague, Translink
Looking forward to the event, Michelle Devlin, Assistant Director of Curriculum, Belfast Met said, “We are delighted to welcome the collaborative partnership of Translink, Northern Regional College and Belfast Met in demonstrating Hydrogen technologies at the WorldSkills UK National Finals. This showcasing event will take place on 16th and 17th November in our Titanic Quarter campus. Visitors will have the opportunity to view these emerging technologies with demonstrations of the hydrogen model car and observations of Translink’s Hydrogen bus."
Alan Reid, Innovation Manager at Northern Regional College is also looking forward to the event saying, "Both NRC and BMET see the Hydrogen Training Academy as an opportunity to be a leader in providing specialist training across a range of disciplines and using it as a springboard in developing training support in the Green Energy Sector.
”This is the fastest growing sector, creating jobs opportunities and investment. It is estimated that 13,700 jobs in Northern Ireland will be required to meet the net Zero target. Currently there has been over 1 trillion dollars already spent on development projects, worldwide, with the same again in the pipeline. The colleges and Northern Ireland are in a great position to take full advantage of this level of investment"
500 finalists are taking part in more than 60 skills competitions in six venues across the UK with Belfast Met being one of them. The Met’s Titanic Quarter campus will hold the WorldSkills UK National Finals in 4 vocational areas: hairdressing, culinary arts, patisserie, and restaurant service. Thirty-two competitors will take part in competitions from November 15 to 18, with the results being announced on the tv show, ‘Steph’s Big Lunch’ on November 25.
On November 16 and 17, the Titanic Quarter campus will be buzzing as live competitions take place alongside Hydrogen based exhibitions and presentations. The main audience is post primary school principals and year 13-14 pupils themselves.
Ben Johnston, Chemistry Lecturer at Belfast Met who is presenting on the day said, “The Hydrogen Training Academy-a joint project involving NRC and Belfast Met aims to prepare employees in the motor vehicle and plumbing sectors for a future in which hydrogen will help to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.”
Chris Corken, Head of School of Engineering and Construction at Belfast Metropolitan College welcomed the event saying, “The UK government hydrogen strategy launched in August 2021 seeks to develop a thriving low-carbon hydrogen sector, with a defined ambition for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 and a pathway mapped out detailing how the hydrogen sector will be instrumental in achieving the UK.'s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”
“Belfast Met have been working with others including Belfast City Council, Mid & East Antrim Council, Northern Regional College, Wrightbus, Energia, QUB, UU and other EU wide academic and industrial partners to develop a full curriculum in the skills necessary for the entire hydrogen value chain. “
Paul McCormack, Program Manager of the Belfast Met led EU hydrogen project GenComm said, “Hydrogenewables’ producing GreenH2 from renewable sources has opened the gates to a burgeoning hydrogen economy, one where Northern Ireland is ahead of the Green H2 curve. Northern Ireland partners have led many international projects on the hydrogen stage such as GenComm, HAZEL, CH2F, SMARTH2 and many more.”