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Following a £3.5 million redevelopment programme, Worcester has officially reopened the doors to its flagship Training Academy. Opened by Richard Harrington MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary (BEIS), and Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary (DExEU) – pictured above with Worcester MD Carl Arntzen – the revamped academy is now four times the size of its predecessor, with over 2,000m2 of practical training areas and classrooms – an area equivalent to 10 tennis courts.
The new facility will offer installers both hands-on product training and legal assessments and see the manufacturer offer an even wider training provision to a greater number of installers, as many as 10,000 a year. Boasting over 200 working boilers and heating appliances across its nine practical rooms, the building will cater for courses on gas, oil, and solid fuel appliances, as well as renewable and commercial heating technologies. the refurbished academy The increased space is also expected to accommodate expansion into growing areas of interest such as smart technologies and Bosch’s connected home concept.
Nick Fothergill, Worcester’s National Training Manager, commented: “The unveiling of our new, flagship Training Academy is a real landmark for Worcester having been the result of the largest single investment in training in the company’s history. As demand for professional development among installers grows, we want to ensure we continue to offer some of the industry’s best training courses, at facilities engineers really enjoy using.
“The introduction of smarter, connected heating technologies is an exciting time for the industry, so it is vital that we play our part in enhancing installers’ skillsets and help them to deliver reliable, efficient heating systems to homes around the country.”
For more information on Worcester and the list of available training courses, please visit www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/training.