Huge rise in qualified heat pump installers

The Heat Pump Association has shared that there has been a significant rise in the number of qualified heat pump installers within the UK.

The number has risen from just under 3,000 in 2022 to close to 8,000 in 2023, an increase of 166%.

This brings the total number of heat pump installers qualified in the last two years to just under 11,000.

Whilst the data can’t identify whether the qualified individuals are currently working within the sector, the HPA says the growth highlights the growing interest and investment in heat pumps within the UK and is a testament to the work of the training providers, heating engineers and manufacturers in growing the supply chain, with support from government grants. According to HPA’s projections, the UK needs the equivalent of 33,700 heat pump installers to support the transition to clean heating systems in line with government ambitions, and these figures show good progress is being made.

Commenting on the increase, Minister for Affordability and Skills Amanda Solloway said:

We’ve seen a surge of heat pump applications since we increased support grants by 50 per cent, making our scheme one of the most generous in Europe. We now want to create an army of experts that will be the heartbeat of this heat pump rollout – it’s fantastic to see thousands joining this new skilled workforce.

Laura Needham, Chair of the Training Working group at the Heat Pump Association, said:

We are witnessing a pivotal moment in the shift towards the acceleration of heat pump deployment and the sector is leading the charge,” said Laura Needham, Chair of the Training Working group at the Heat Pump Association. “With the support of the Government, the sector is investing in building a strong foundation to train the workforce needed to meet our net zero targets. This strong increase in trained heat pump installers demonstrates change is afoot. Having a qualified, competent and committed heat pump installer network is vital to the success of meeting the Government’s Net Zero targets .

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