BESA welcomes green skills funding

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The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) says the £9.2m in government funding for energy efficiency and heat pump training announced last week is a welcome boost for green skills. 

The BEIS funding follows its Home Decarbonisation Skills Training competition and will support 8,900 training courses across England.  

It will be the next phase of the programme BESA runs in partnership with MCS and Worcester Bosch that has already provided free training for 1,000 installers. 

The training is delivered through BESA’s online training academy and the new courses will run until the end of March 2023. 

BESA described the funding as a much needed “shot in the arm” to grow the low-carbon heating industry. 

The course gives students the ability to correctly specify and install low temperature heating systems, carry out accurate sizing of components, commission and handover systems properly, as well as carrying out lifecycle maintenance. 

BESA’s Director of Training and Skills Helen Yeulet said:

There is huge and growing demand for this type of specialist skill. However, getting access to quality heat pump training continues to be challenging for several reasons. 

There is a shortage of trainers and only limited facilities equipped to the right level in places installers can easily access while juggling busy day jobs. And while market demand is clearly growing, it is still not at the level where many SMEs feel able to justify taking their valuable installers off the job for training days to upskill on new technology. We need to make the process easier and more cost effective for them.

Yeulet added that, while MCS certification was becoming more widely recognised as the industry standard, the process for achieving it was not necessarily clearly understood so another important aspect of BESA’s role is to improve understanding of how installers can navigate their way through the system.   

The course is delivered in a ‘blended’ format with a combination of online and face-to-face training and MCS will ensure that the training meets its requirements for certification. Worcester Bosch will also assess the equipment in each centre to ensure it is suitable.