Heating engineers and plumbers in England can access heat interface unit training with a £500 grant until the end of March 2024 after Herts Energy Academy’s successful application for funding through the Heat Training Grant competition run by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

The training is available at Herts Energy’s purpose-built facility in Hertfordshire. After completion, technicians will be able to install, service, commission and maintain heat interface units.

The funding will help develop a new generation of heat network professionals by offering courses to upskill and teach them how to install and maintain heat interface units. Heat networks are critical technologies for decarbonising heat and the number of networks in England is steadily growing. The 2020 Heat Network Skills Review found that the sector already faced a skills gap which would be exacerbated as the industry grows.

Marco Cifaldi, Managing Director at Herts Energy Academy, commented: “This discounted training is a fantastic opportunity for engineers to take advantage of the growing heat network market. The government wants to accelerate the rollout of heat networks and fill the current skills gap in the industry which presents an opportunity for engineers to diversify and futureproof their businesses."