HybridTec opens academy for green skills
The 27,000 sq ft training facility will help educate apprentices and upskill experienced heating engineers on air source and ground source heat pumps, underfloor heating, and solar thermal hot water.
HybridTec’s green academy sits within the education company’s headquarters off Heysham Road in Aintree. It has the capacity to teach green skills to 140 apprentices and more than 1,000 professionals and provides NIC EIC and BPEC accreditation.
Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram was on hand to celebrate the opening of the academy on 28 June.
He said: “If trains, docks and canals made our area a leader in the First Industrial Revolution, then I believe our world-leading strengths and natural assets in wind, tidal and hydrogen can make us a leader in the Green Industrial Revolution – and I want to ensure we’re in the best position to attract the many thousands of green jobs and training opportunities it will bring.
Rotheram continued: “I’ve set our region the ambitious target to reach net zero by 2040 – at least a decade ahead of national government targets – and I believe we have the skills, capabilities, and political will, to smash that goal. To help us get there, we need local organisations, like HybridTec, to match our ambition by creating the training opportunities that will give our residents the skills they need to succeed in a key industry of the future.”
Sophie Gilmore, managing director of HybridTec, said that the company was “firmly aligned” with the combined authority’s mission to be net zero by 2040.
“I am extremely proud that our innovative new green academy will contribute to the vital upskilling of tradespeople in the latest sustainable technologies across the region,” she said. “The green academy demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the net zero agenda – and will prepare a future workforce for careers in the green economy, ensuring no one in our industry is left behind.”
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