UK: Following Government funding confirmation for the scheme, the UK’s first dedicated low carbon heating training will be launched.

The Low Carbon Heating Technician Apprenticeship Program is designed to train the next generation of workers to help achieve the UK Government’s target of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028. It is estimated that 57,000 qualified heat pump installers will be needed by the end of the year. decade.

The new training has been developed by the MCS Microgeneration Certification Scheme in collaboration with the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) and a group of pioneering heat pump installers.

Colleges will receive up to £22,000 per pupil, according to funding bands developed by the Department for Education.

“Until now, the country’s efforts to increase the number of low carbon heating installers have been delivered through short introductory courses following completion of a traditional fossil fuel heating installation course,” explained MCS CEO Ian Rippin.

“It is vital that we have dedicated pathways to create an army of renewable heating installers with certified skills who know how to effectively design and install these systems. Most importantly, this workforce will know how to help homeowners heat and decarbonize their homes.”

“We look forward to seeing it come to fruition and encourage many employers to offer jobs as we all have a role to play in tackling climate change and creating green careers that will stand the test of time.”

Andy Louth, managing director of heat pump installer Groundtherm and chairman of the Innovative Employers Group, said: “As an employer I like to know that the people I employ will have the right skills and access to the right training is the most important part What. Removing the need for employers to retrain plumbers in low carbon technologies is a huge step in the right direction.”

Stephen McGreevy, Head of the School of Sustainable Building and Building Services at Liverpool City College, said: “We are particularly pleased to see apprenticeships receiving the funding they deserve from the Government. This will allow colleges like ours to recruit students at a time when every penny counts.”