The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, has welcomed the launch of a new training course that will overhaul the route to becoming a heat pump installer in the UK.
The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, published in November 2020, outlined a target to install 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028 as part of ambitions to create green jobs whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.
The new training course, launched by the Heat Pump Association (HPA), aims to equip the heating industry with the additional skills needed to deliver on this target and deliver low carbon heat to hundreds of thousands of British homes.
Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng commented: “The Government is absolutely committed to working with industry to drive down the costs of heat pumps over time so they are increasingly affordable for consumers. We need to ensure we have enough skilled tradespeople to hit our target of 600,000 installations each year by 2028, so the Heat Pump Association setting up this training scheme is absolutely critical in this endeavour.”
The launch of the course, developed at record speed, followed a meeting between the Heat Pump Association and the Secretary of State in 2020, which recognised the importance of training and skills to delivering net zero carbon.
The course will provide today’s existing heating industry – over 130,000 installers of gas and oil boilers – with the additional skills needed to specify and fit heat pumps correctly. It is available for the plumbing and heating industry to access through the training centres of all the major manufacturer, across 38 training centres spread across the UK. The course is currently able to train over 40,000 installers a year.
For more information visit the Heat Pump Association website. (www.heatpumps.org.uk).
Kwasi Kwarteng image courtesy UK government.