NIBE aims to provide a simplified route for existing heating engineers to diversify into low carbon solutions and become MCS Certified heat pump installers through its existing training and partnership programme, NIBE Pro.
The introduction of the Heat Training Grant will enable installers to take advantage of NIBE Pro at a discounted price. The scheme includes the RQF Level 3 Award in Heat Pump Technology and the CIPHE Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water in Dwellings Course. It also includes full technical support through a dedicated team, and access to extended warranties on selected products.
No long-term cost to trainees
The initial training costs for NIBE Pros are already fully redeemable across product purchases in line with government calls for manufacturers to support the grant scheme with further installer incentives. With the additional help from the Heat Training Grant, the upfront redeemable fee is significantly reduced, opening a route in to becoming a heat pump installer with no long-term cost.
With current estimates from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) stating that around 30,000 new heat pump engineers will be needed by 2030 to reach UK installation targets, NIBE believes the financial support offered by the training grant will help to kickstart the future workforce.
Installers at the heart of the transition
Phil Hurley, managing director of NIBE Energy Systems, said: “We are delighted to be an approved training provider eligible for the Heat Training Grant. Installers will be at the heart of our transition to low carbon heating, and we are excited to be at the forefront of delivering best in class heat pump training to our NIBE Pro members.
“High training costs for an industry still in its infancy is part of the hesitancy experienced by many across the country. By offering our simplified, fully supported training support scheme at an even lower cost, we can contribute to creating a highly skilled workforce fit for the future.”