DESNZ welcomed to Sheffield heat pump training centre

With significant government funding being made available for heat pump, training, it’s important to see that it’s being used wisely. OFTEC were pleased to welcome a team from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero to Gas Training UK Ltd, an OFTEC approved training centre in Holbrook near Sheffield.

Chris Galpin, Head of Heat Pump Installers, and his team from the Department came to see a demonstration of classroom and practical sessions of the heat pump training. Alex Pearson and Jorge Aguilar-Santana represented the West Midlands Net Zero Hub team as part of the delivery of Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition.

The visit covered an explanation of the course and how it was developed with input from heat pump manufacturers and MCS, a tour of the centre with Craig Wilkinson (owner and director of Gas Training UK), and a chat with trainees taking the course to hear the impact this programme is having to upskill their careers.

The Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition is funding training for people working, or who want to work, in the energy efficiency, building retrofit and low carbon heating sectors. The competition aims to increase supply chain capacity, both in terms of volume and skill level.

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