Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester opens the Green Skills Hub at Stockport College

Manchester mayor opens new Green Skills Hub

A new Green Skills Hub has been opened by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, at Stockport College. It’s a continuation of Daikin UK’s partnership with training provider Quantum Group that aims to upskill the next generation of renewable heating professionals.

The training will provide hands-on practical sessions in installation and maintenance of on air source heat pumps, solar PV and EV charging.

Mr Burnham said: “Greater Manchester has an ambitious plan to become a carbon-neutral city region by 2038 and green skills hubs such as these are key to helping us fulfil this.”

Daikin’s Iain Bevan added: “The Green Skills Hub will give students hands-on training and the opportunity to learn more about the unmatched environmental and cost savings potential of renewable forms of heating like heat pumps.

“The training facilities at Stockport College build on the Sustainable Energy and Renewable Technologies course we’ve already launched in partnership with Quantum Group. Investments and initiatives like these will help to tackle the national skills gap and create a clear path for college students into an industry with so much opportunity.”

James Scott, principal and CEO of the Trafford & Stockport College Group (TSCG), added: “We aim to support businesses and deliver a range of accredited and non-accredited courses to support the regional and national green skills gap and agenda, providing a critical skill boost that will benefit businesses, individuals and the wider economy.”

Daikin has the capacity to train more than 7,000 installers on air source heat pumps through its accredited courses and UK network of Sustainable Home Centres and aims to train around 30 per cent of all installers in the industry.

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