New site based at the company’s Sittingbourne HQ now offering training and accreditation for a range of heating systems for staff and external tradespeople
Swale Heating has this week begun offering training for new starters, existing staff and third parties at a new in-house centre that marks a £100,000 investment.
The Energy Academy, which is housed in a converted former warehouse at the company’s headquarters in Sittingbourne, will offer training in a number of systems that use natural gas, LPG, oil, solid fuel, biomass and renewable energy.
The academy will also provide NICIEC training for electricians and ‘transition services’ that will allow plumbers to become gas engineers.
Skills focused on implementing unvented hot water systems, underfloor heating, plumbing and electrics will be provided at the site, along with Managed Learning Programs (MLP) courses and non-technical qualifications that will be open to tradespeople not connected to Swale Heating.
The academy is equipped with both solar power functions and a full biomass boiler provided by Windhager to supply heating and hot water needs.
Swale Heating said in a statement, “Fully qualified trainers and assessors will work in partnership with Logic Certification and industry leading independent assessors and verifiers, external from the Swale Heating business, to avoid any conflict in interests between the two companies and the certification body.”
The company said it expects to earn additional revenue by opening up the site to external trainees to build on operational savings expected by removing the need for up-skilling of staff by third parties.
Company director David Mathieson says the £100,000 investment in the site will support efforts to expand its operations across the UK by giving staff the sufficient experience and expertise to meet changing consumer demand with regards to heating systems.
He adds, “Our in-house training centre will allow us to improve the way we train and the way we work. Refresher training, career development and ‘top up’ assessments for staff will become more convenient, sustainable and affordable. Customers can be sure that they are receiving excellent service from engineers who are fully up to date with the latest products and industry developments.”
Mark Krull, director of accredited certification body Logic Certification, said that the Energy Academy has attained LCL approval that would ensure its qualifications would be provided in line with the highest standards.
Mr Krull adds, “The company’s commitment to creating such a forward-thinking, well-equipped and ‘green’ training facility is impressive, providing a great opportunity for installers in the South East.”