Introducing the new etco* Learning Centre

Classroom 6 upgrade
Classroom 6 upgrade
Classroom 6 upgrade

A remarkable transformation has taken place in Classroom 6 at etco*s Mt Wellington training centre which includes the addition of electrical board panels and ergonomic chairs and desks. etco* National Training Manager Gary Whittaker commented, “I had been considering how we could better engage our students, so after discussions with my colleagues Colin Gibson (Regional Training Manager) and Corry Foord (Workshop Supervisor), the result is our complete upgrade of Classroom 6.”

This mind shift is an attempt to move away from the “chalk and talk” style of teaching to engage young learners by assisting them in learning-by-doing. For etco* this is a further improvement in the way we teach and one that will inspire everyone involved.This new aesthetically appealing classroom complete with electrical panels is a bright open area complete with an entire wall turned into a whiteboard which provides a massive amount of wall space for tutors to utilise. No more risk of running out of room and having to remove calculations before the students have got all of the relevant information down.

In addition the desks are also whiteboards so a tutor can work with one or more students in small pods and calculations can be written directly on the desk. They are shaped in such a way (a half circle) that they can be put together in different configurations allowing the tutor to work closely alongside the students and provide guidance when required.The electrical panels have been designed with single and three phase SELV (Separated Extra Low Voltage). The thinking is the power can be on at safe voltage levels so students can’t harm themselves. There are no exposed conductors and the boards are voltage and current limited, banana plugs are totally shrouded as well. Everything was considered including the placement of meters so that cables were not hanging over them, and the same consideration was given to accessing the push buttons.

In addition a review of health and safety considerations in the refurbishment was undertaken by etco* Health & Safety Manager Brian Cleûr, Colin Gibson and Corry Foord. The design of the classroom electrical board panels, in particular, has been considered very thoroughly to ensure the safety of students who use this room.

We look forward to engaging and challenging our students in this one-of-a-kind learning centre and once trialled we anticipate rolling the new learning environment out across etco*s other training centres.