Polypipe has officially opened a new £250,000 underfloor heating training facility in Doncaster.

The facility features specially-designed training spaces to give trainee and experienced plumbing professionals the opportunity to improve their practical skills.

The courses on offer at the Professional Development Centre (PDC) include BPEC-accredited courses on installing warm water underfloor heating, apprenticeship training, and guides to domestic ventilation product installation.

Tracy Richardson, President of Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), presented a plaque to commemorate the centre being granted CIPHE-accredited status, at its official opening.

Rachel Smith, General Manager at Polypipe Underfloor Heating, said: “We are naturally delighted to fully open this wonderful facility. We want to further strengthen our position as the market leader for underfloor heating solutions and a key part of that is the level of service and support we offer to our trade customers. Offering accredited training and development for heating professionals is a key part of that support.

“The new PDC will also help us tackle the skills gap head on by working with schools and colleges to help train the plumbers of the future. It will also ensure that Polypipe continues to serve the local and national workforce by developing new talent. We hope that the centre will demonstrate just how much training plays a fundamental role in our business model for many years to come.”