Steve Willis Training has opened a new OFTEC-approved oil heating training and assessment facility at its Portchester training centre.

OFTEC's chief executive officer Paul Rose performed the official opening, noting that out of 84 OFTEC-approved centres in the UK, Steve Willis Training is in the top five in terms of technician throughput.

As he cut the ribbon, Mr Rose said: "This is a fantastic facility. It is bright and well laid out with latest tech, and the investment shows the level of confidence that remains in the oil heating market."

The new oil centre has been created with Worcester Bosch's support as part of a long standing partnership between the two companies. Worcester has provided all the boilers for use in the training and assessment, and training manager Nick Fothergill also attended the opening.

He said: "We have worked successfully with Steve Willis Training for many years, with both our own engineers and our customers coming through the centres, and we are delighted to continue our relationship through sponsorship of the new facility."

Manufacturers Danfoss, Kane, Heatrae Sadia and TWS also supported the centre by providing equipment.

The centre includes four purpose-built assessment bays.

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