Heating engineers urged to start upskilling

The recent release of the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy is highlighting the need for heating engineers to upskill in preparation for the growing demand for low-carbon heating systems. Controls manufacturer Drayton has welcomed the direction provided by the government and urges installers to take advantage of the training available to them now.

As part of the government’s £3.9 billion Heat and Buildings Strategy, a £450m Boiler Upgrade Scheme is set to be launched in April 2022 to support homeowners in installing low-carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps.

Low carbon solutions are set to be more widespread, and it is predicted that as demand grows for specialists in this market, the need for skills in natural gas boiler installations will reduce. This means that the 130,000 UK registered gas engineers will need to be supported in upskilling to be able to install low carbon heating systems to meet the demand. This is highlighted by figures from The Heat Pump Association, which predict that over 50,000 heat pump engineers will need to be trained by 2030 to meet the anticipated consumer demand.

As such, it is clear that the upskilling transition needs considerable investment and effort to be successful, but it presents a major opportunity to reposition the UK heating industry and make it future-proof. According to the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the transition to low-carbon buildings could add £6billion to the economy and support 175,000 skilled, green jobs by 2030. This will be imperative to meet the objective of over 50% of new heating systems being low-carbon (predominantly heat pumps) by the end of this decade.

Remi Volpe, MD at Drayton, comments: “Reducing emissions from homes presents a significant global challenge, and a wide range of technologies will be required, including heat pumps, hydrogen, and electric heat networks.

“With Drayton being part of Schneider Electric, we agree that the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy is necessary and is feasible with the right communication and, most importantly, support across the industry. We’re committed to being at the forefront of this effort, standing side-by-side with trade professionals and our industry partners.

“To help installers make this transition, we are continually looking at how we can offer the training and support they need. Our 9º Know How online training academy, available to 9º Network members, provides free, accessible training on our wide range of products like Wiser, which is an ideal heating control solution for heat pump systems. Additionally, The Drayton Community Facebook group brings together heating engineers from around the country, providing a forum for them to engage and educate each other on these big topics, as well as share best-practice and advice.”

For more information on how Drayton is supporting heating engineers, click here

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