HPA welcomes government training support
UK: The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has welcomed the government’s £5m Heat Training Grant to provide financial support for heat pump training.
The scheme announced by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero will support trainees in England taking short training courses relevant to heat pumps. Training providers offering the grant will be able to provide trainees with a discount or rebate of up to £500.
Several heating manufacturers are also expected to offer additional discounts and offers to participating trainees. These benefits could be worth a further £500 to trainees in product vouchers and additional training. The grants will cover most of the costs of a level 3 heat pump training course.
HPA chair Phil Hurley warmly welcomed the scheme. “Installers are the most important ambassadors of heat pumps to the consumer, and the HPA warmly welcomes this scheme to support them build on their existing skill base to become the green heating installers of the future. This is exactly the sort of early-bird support we have called for,” he said.
“We already have the building blocks in place – our own training course and capacity among our members to train 40,000 installers per year. This government scheme will give the industry a real boost in helping installers upskill for heat pumps to take over from gas boilers as the go-to heating technology for new and replacement systems alike in the majority of homes.”