GTEC & MCS win bid to support Green Homes Grant installers

Building services training provider GTE, in partnership with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), has won an almost £1m bid to help existing tradespeople access discounted training in heat pumps and solar thermal.

The scheme will help to meet the demand presented by the Green Homes Grant (GHG) – the government’s scheme to improve the energy efficiency of UK housing stock.

The ‘Renewable Heat Installer Training & Support Scheme (RHITSS)’ has been awarded backing from The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through Midlands Energy Hub, a statement said.

Awarding organisations BPEC and LCL Awards will provide a number of training locations at their centres across the UK.

The RHITSS is a whole package of support, designed to provide financial incentive and make the process of becoming a GHG installer as easy as possible. From accessing vouchers which will cover up to 70% of the cost of training and the various certifications required, finding suitable training providers and overcoming the practical barriers to help individuals and small businesses become MCS and Trustmark registered.

Griff Thomas, MD for GTEC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this bid. Our approach is focused on helping installers more easily take advantage of the market potential of two of the most popular renewable technologies. Working with MCS, LCL Awards and BPEC, ensures candidates have access to the best possible training and support, while contributing to meeting the UK’s low carbon targets.

“With the Green Homes Grant now extended to March 2022, next year could be busy for installers with the right skills to deliver related technologies and services.”

Despite the current lockdown, where possible, the majority of training centres will remain open, the statement added.