New academy aims to train 4,000 heat pumps installers every year
EDF, Daikin and CB Heating have teamed up to open a training academy in Essex to drive the upskilling of heat pump installers.
The new facility in Clacton-on-Sea has been enabled by an investment and partnership agreement between EDF and CB Heating, and can train up to 4,000 installers a year using Daikin equipment and products.
Once trained, engineers will continue to receive support from those companies to safely and efficiently install heat pumps. The training consists of Daikin and BPEC-accredited courses that are both practical and classroom-based, depending on the experience and existing qualifications of the trainee.
The centre was opened by Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan, who said: “By training thousands of highly skilled heat pump installers, the new Heat Pump Installer Network Training Academy will help drive us towards improving the energy performance of our buildings and deploying low-carbon heating across the country.”
Clayton Browne, managing director at CB Heating, added: “To give any installer the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to confidently move away from dealing with fossil fuel systems is a very proud moment for us.
“We cannot achieve our national heat pump goals without upskilling existing installers and training new ones, so the provision of proper training facilities is essential. With EDF and Daikin UK, we have created an academy experience unlike anything else in the UK today.”
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