UK: Heating engineers can now claim £500 towards becoming a qualified heat pump installer through the UK government’s new £5m Heat Training Grant.
Over 60 approved training centres across England will be offering the discounts to more than 6,000 heating engineers. Grants are available to self-employed installers, the unemployed and those working for a business with 250 employees or less.
Meanwhile, the Heat Training Grant Competition for heat networks has also opened today for training providers to bid for £500 discounts to train up to 4,000 new heat network professionals.
“Heat pumps and heat networks are critical technologies for decarbonising heat – and play an important role in the country’s push towards net zero,” said the minister for energy efficiency and green finance Lord Callanan.
“This grant will not only give the rollout of heat pumps and heat networks a huge boost but will help to develop a skilled workforce who will reap the rewards of joining a thriving installer market,” he added.
Also launching today is the Heat Pump Investment Accelerator Competition, offering £30m to build new factories or expand existing ones and to also retool and rework factories to manufacture heat pumps and heat pump components. The competition is available across the UK and projects can bid for a maximum of £15m – €15m in Northern Ireland – of funding per scheme.
The aim of the competition is to have up to 270,000 heat pumps or components built every year in the UK from 2028, with up to 3,000 jobs supported, and generate up to £270m of private sector investment into the domestic heat pump supply chain.