Renewables training boost in Bristol

Charlotte Leslie MP has officially opened the NAPIT Bristol Training Centre – as part of its joint venture with Plumb Center and Sevenoaks Energy Academy.

The training facility at St Andrews Trading Estate in Avonmouth, Bristol will offer a range of electrical and renewable technology courses. Working installations of renewable technologies such as biomass, solar PV/thermal, heat pumps and the latest combined heat and power unit, demonstrate a diverse range of sustainable heating solutions, while the courses themselves will delve into all the technical detail required to become a certified installer.

Displays also show solar panels and evacuated tube collectors on different types of roof, highlighting the broad range of potential applications for solar thermal and solar PV.

Simon Allan, renewables director, Plumb Center talks about the role of the centre in creating a low carbon economy: “The Renewable Heating Incentive and Green Deal are massive opportunities for renewables to enter the mainstream – installers will be driving that change, so for those who want to stay ahead, now is the time to get on a training course.”

Ms Leslie, MP for Bristol North praised the centre as exactly the kind of initiative that is needed to help boost the economy and create local jobs as well as striving towards carbon reduction targets. The partnership has opened similar training centres in Leamington Spa, Sevenoaks, Leeds, and Exeter.

In addition to installer courses, the centre will present career options and opportunities for homeowners to see the technologies in action before committing to any investment.


NAPIT group director, Michael Andrews spoke of the day’s success: “I am delighted that we have opened a training facility in the South West and would like to extend an open invitation to the surrounding community to come and view our centre. We will be working hard over the coming months with local businesses, school, colleges and universities to educate all ages and involve them in what is a most exciting industry.”