Howden launched its "Developing Excellence through Partnership" programme last month to extend its engineering training scheme to partners, a group defined as customers, consultants, agents and representatives.
Individuals and businesses who work with Howden and its range of products are now welcome to apply for and attend the innovative course.
Based in the heart of Glasgow, at the contemporary campus of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), each training session will run for a week. The programme stands out with its highly technical nature.
Taught by a team of Howden engineers, "Developing Excellence through Partnership" arms students with knowledge of the company's product range. Some of the more generic modules apply to all fans and compressors.
Ian Brander, chief executive of the Renfrew-based firm, said: "Many of the organisations we work with have asked if their staff could take part in our training scheme and learn more about the products they deal with every day."
"We pride ourselves on listening to our partners and the new programme will support the continuous personal and business development of both ourselves and our partners."
Howden Academy is a training scheme originally launched to target and train graduates keen on kickstarting their career as Howden employees. Due to its applied nature, the course reduces the time it takes for a graduate to become a fully qualified member of the engineering team. The new programme will now run alongside this.
"We're proud to offer this unique collaboration with GCU. Not many engineering firms can boast an educational programme of their own," Brander continued.
"The training scheme means our staff start work fully equipped with the knowledge and expertise needed to run and maintain Howden equipment, with no need for an additional training period. It also encourages our graduate engineers to pioneer new technologies."
Since its inception, Howden Academy has been responsible for training more than 400 of the firm's engineering graduates.
Howden designs and manufactures engineering equipment such as industrial fans, compressors and rotary heat exchangers for industries as varied as mining and transport.
Howden is one of the world’s largest and longest established manufacturers of air and gas handling equipment. The company was established in Glasgow in 1854 as an engineering firm, and has grown to become a worldwide organisation with over 4,000 employees and companies in 21 countries. Howden (http://www.howden.com/) is owned by Colfax Corporation, and designs and supplies heavy duty industrial fans, rotary heater exchangers, compressors and gas cleaning equipment to customer specifications. Howden products will typically be highly engineered to perform at the optimum level for customers in Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Mining and Metal Refining plants internationally, amongst many other energy intensive, environmental and heavy industrial applications.
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