Vaillant MD Henrik Hansen cuts a ribbon to signify the opening of the new Power Pod at Derby Museums

Vaillant partners with Derby Museums to inspire future engineers

Vaillant is working with Derby Museums on new educational programmes that aim to inspire the apprentices, engineers and makers of the future. The three-year partnership brings new investment to develop future engineering skills in the region.

The Museum of Making is regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory, and today focuses its exhibitions on the history of making and engineering, and Vaillant is a key employer in the area.

Visitors to the Museum of Making will be able to learn more about low-carbon heating through the new Power Pod display. Alongside industrial artefacts from Derby Museums’ collections, the display showcases the innovations from both Vaillant and its sister brand Glow-worm, looking at heritage boilers such as the Vaillant Geyser and the world’s smallest boiler, the Glow-worm Micron.

It also highlights the future of heating through heat pump technology, with a demonstration of aroTHERM plus.

The partnership will also see the creation of a Launch into Engineering project, where secondary school pupils can spend time in the Museum of Making’s Workshop, visit the Vaillant manufacturing plant and get a taste of life in the heating industry. For the next three years, Vaillant will collaborate on special workshops for visitors to get involved and understand low-carbon alternatives in heating and new initiatives in education and skills development for the region.

Henrik Hansen, managing director of Vaillant in the UK & Ireland (pictured right), says: “Our partnership with Derby Museums is a great way for us to celebrate our local manufacturing heritage. We’ve been in Derby for 90 years with Glow-worm and this year we are proud to celebrate 150 years with Vaillant. We are a major employer in the area and are looking to promote engineering and manufacturing in the region and to continue investing in Derby, making the city attractive for current and future generations.”

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