Learn and Earn at the Kingspan Solar Training Centre

Kingspan Solar, part of Kingspan Renewables Ltd, has unveiled its first training centre specialising in renewable energy technologies. The facility is aimed at installers looking to boost their earning potential through an in depth understanding of solar thermal, heat pumps and unvented hot water systems as well as industry standard accreditations.

As of July 2010, the training centre in Halesowen will provide experienced heating, plumbing and building professionals with the expertise needed to facilitate high-quality renewable energy installations.  By becoming qualified to install renewable technologies, installers can bolster their customer offering and maximise their earning potential. The wide range of courses available allows tradesmen to gain the industry-standard NICEIC Certification, which will also help towards gaining the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation.

Technical service manager Andrew Pattison comments: “As a manufacturer we have an important part to play in helping installers reach the level of competence set out in the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. This will ensure that our products are installed to the highest possible standards and will therefore protect our customers’ investment in their chosen technology. By running certified training courses and helping them prepare for their MCS assessment we can help them achieve this level in as little as 3 weeks.”

Adds Kingspan Solar Commercial Director Cameron Holroyd: “Renewable energy systems play a vital role in meeting the future needs of both commercial and domestic heating, so it’s incredibly important installers are trained on the systems and their applications. As a market-leader in solar and heat-pump technology as well as high-performance hot water storage solutions, we can equip installers with all the valuable skills required under one roof. They will also benefit from advice on grants as well as after sales and technical support from the trusted Kingspan brand.”

The training is provided in conjunction with the Dudley College Centre for Engineering and Construction Industries and ranges from one to four days on a vast array of topics: from the benefits of renewables to customers, to the systems available, installation options and building regulations.  

Lowell Williams, Principal of Dudley College says: "We are delighted to be working with Kingspan, who is undoubtedly a market leader in renewable energy systems technologies and this is an exciting new partnership. Opening a brand new training centre, which combines Dudley College's training expertise with Kingspan's excellent systems, is a real boost for the Black Country and the region as a whole."

To apply for any of the Kingspan training courses call 01384 363 548. A discount voucher scheme is available to help cover training costs.

Kingspan Training Centre, Shelah Road, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3PG

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