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The Gastec Team

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A Family Run Business

Gastec has been supplying gas engineering courses for three decades.   Our friendly team is full of experts, many of whom have been with us for over twenty years, not many centres can claim that! 

Gastec is a family-run business, so we want you to feel like part of the family when choosing a gas training provider. Our staff are some of the highest skilled trainers in the country. Being a family business, we ensure nobody is treated like a number, trainees included. We understand ACS assessments are a daunting process to some. Come and see for yourself how stress-free the process can be with Gastec training.

Our reviews and testimonials are transparent, and we invite you to look at our modern facilities at any hour of the day. 

Now, meet the team that keeps the fun in learning. 

Stephen Jenkins

FOUNDER

Steve founded Gastec Training after seeing a huge skill gap in the industry and an outcry from people looking to become skilled tradespeople. Hard work and constant personal training and development have brought Steve through three decades of training and over six decades of being in the industry. From the early days of training everyone himself and moving on to assessing candidates and internally verifying Gastec’s assessors, it’s safe to say Steve has held every seat in the building at one point or another.

Philip Jenkins

TECH & DEV MANAGER

Philip has been with Gastec training for multiple years, looking after all aspects of Gastec training centres, whether online or in-house, with our modern training facilities. From a gas engineering background and passion for modern technologies, Philip has pushed forward with training for the current heat pump rollout. He is excited to see hydrogen’s role in the coming decades as a firm believer in its development.
Philip is fully qualified and competent with gas safe to train and assess in all aspects of:

Domestic gas

Commercial gas

Commercial gas catering

LPG

Oil

Solid fuel

Heat pumps

Plumbing

Assessing Gastec candidates

Internal verification IQA

Avril Reeve

OFFICE MANAGER

Avril has been with the team at Gastec for multiple years and is head of all administrative matters. Anything you need to book a course is in safe hands with Avril’s years of experience. The moment you walk through our doors, you will be greeted with a smiling face to introduce you to our facilities. Any questions about expanding your business opportunities in the centre will be answered in a friendly and professional manner at any hour of the day. Unsure where you stand with timing or if you have an urgent qualification up for renewal. Find Avril, and she will get you back on the track to Gas Safe registration.

Maria Jenkins

CENTRE MANAGER

Maria has been with Gastec training since its formation three decades ago, now specialising in looking after military service leavers looking for resettlement into a new career path. Maria is known to everyone who comes through the doors as the woman to speak to if you want to expand your business. From attending trade and military service leaver shows, the face for all personal requirements and questions to Gastec has not changed for almost thirty years. Taking pride in our high pass rates and dedication to service leavers and civilians alike, you will see the banter for yourself once you sit in one of our modern classrooms with Maria for an introduction.

Alan Hayes

TRAINER

Alan also goes by the name Maestro within Gastec, and for good reason. You come from multiple sectors of the gas industry, from being a top-of-the-line, highly decorated engineer in the field to working design for some of the biggest name boiler manufacturers in the world. The other friendly face of our new entrant’s training, Alan, trains alongside Surge to ensure a balance we call yin and yang; you’ll see how these two teaching methods work perfectly. The knowledge doesn’t stop at natural gas with Alan… you will also find him leading the heat pump rollout for the U.K. by providing training for all engineers looking to jump into this sector.

Alan is fully qualified and current to train and assess in all aspects of:

Domestic gas

Commercial gas

LPG

Solid fuel

Heat pumps

Plumbing

Assessing Gastec candidates

Surge Theochari

TRAINER

As you know him, Surge has been with Gastec for over ten years—the friendly face of new entrant’s gas training. Surge has trained hundreds of new entrants in the industry over the years and continues to provide ongoing support to any engineers in the field. Coming from multiple industry-leading gas companies with a wealth of knowledge and experience, you won’t find a more personal trainer. Actively still running his own gas engineering business alongside training ensures you will be trained theoretically and practically in a modern and relevant way. Just be warned about the lousy dad jokes… But all jokes aside, you could not ask for a more professional trainer to get you started on the ladder to Gas Safe registration.

Sharon Thatcher

ADMINISTRATOR

Gastec’s forever ‘new girl’ has been overseeing all administrative work for almost 20 years. If you have spoken with Sharon, you would know that no question is left unanswered, and the attention to detail will always be given back to you. Working alongside Lisa and Avril, ensuring all information about our courses finds its way to you and no stones are left unturned. Our long-time admin girls have personalities, each so unique, and that’s no different for Sharon. There’s always a light-hearted joke with our Sharon when you call, not every booking has to be boring. Knowing many of you engineers personally, Sharon has built up close relations over the years, treating each booking with due care and attention.

Pam Archer

ADMINISTRATOR

Lisa has been at the core of our office for over 20 years, our girl for all things new entrants, if you have ever been in contact with Lisa, you will know there is nothing about new entrants courses she doesn’t have complete control over. With over 20 years of experience answering your questions, you can always rest assured that a booking with Lisa is in safe hands. Working alongside Sharon and Avril, the group ensure that every course is fully prepared, and no questions are left unanswered before course start dates. Service leaver claiming funding? Lisa has years of experience in the process and can guide you every step of the way. Call the team today and ask for Lisa if you are unsure about any new entrant queries!

Oliver Muggridge

ADMINISTRATOR

Gastec’s newest team member, Oliver, has made somewhat of a name for himself over the last couple of years. Anyone with a technical booking query or bespoke course requirement would have been dealt with on the same day with Oliver’s professional approach and quick turnaround times. Oliver looks after our online booking system behind the scenes for the administrative team and has quickly taken to it. Working towards his first qualifications, we are excited to see what the future holds for this bright new grafter.

Ricky Lee

INTERNAL INVIGILAOR & ASSESSMENTS MANAGER

Gastec’s very own walking library of knowledge. If you have ever crossed paths with our Rick, you will know there is nothing worth knowing that he doesn’t have stored in his wealth of knowledge in the industry. Ricky has been a core member of the Gastec team for almost 20 years now and is head of all things assessments. Any time our phone rings for technical field support, rest assured Rick will be there to guide you through it.

Ricky is fully qualified and current to train and assess in all aspects of:

Domestic gas

Commercial gas

Commercial gas catering

Oil

LPG

Solid fuel

Heat pumps

Plumbing

Assessing Gastec candidates

Internal verification IQA

Paul Dye

TRAINER

Paul has been with Gastec for almost 24 years, training and assessing to the highest standards in our industry. The friendly approach to training has put thousands of engineers at ease over the years, and it’s easy to see why with Paul’s approach. Having been with Gastec through three training centres, it’s safe to say Paul knows a thing or two about the training and assessment processes. Always there to talk to anyone and provide extra support before assessments, it’s hard to find a more personable trainer.

Paul is fully qualified and current to train and assess in all aspects of:

Domestic gas

Commercial gas

Commercial gas catering

LPG

Plumbing

Assessing Gastec candidates

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