Worcester opens flagship academy

Published:  29 September, 2011

WORCESTER: Worcester, Bosch Group opened a new £1.5 million training facility at its headquarters in Warndon, Worcester on Tuesday.

The new academy incoporates a 400sqm expansion to its previous training centre. A 100sqm open-plan domestic training area features a life-sized single storey brick building equipped with a number of fully operational Greenskies solar thermal systems, which has been designed to offer trainees a realistic installation experience. The solar panels are installed at height with a scaffolded high level walkway giving the training delegates a real experience of working with solar at a height.

The facility itself is heated and cooled using a variety of Worcester’s heating technologies, which enables the manufacturer to demonstrate the benefits of an energy-efficient system in action.

For the first time, Worcester is also offering commercial training at its flagship facility. Meanwhile, domestic ACS training will be on offer, both for first-time installers and those who need to re-register with the scheme after the expiry of their original 5-year certificate.

Phil Bunce, training manager at Worcester, Bosch Group said: “As well as the manufacture of high efficiency heating products, training remains at the forefront of what we do on a daily basis, so it is crucial for us to keep our installers up-to-date with the latest product developments and legislation changes. Prior to opening our new training academy, we dedicated a lot of time to studying industry trends and demand for training, which is reflected in the academy itself and the range of courses we offer. We are expecting to train and educate over 17 000 installers in 2012 at our various training facilities.

“As the industry continues to become increasingly receptive to the range of technologies available, we are confident that the uptake of training courses will also increase, which is where our training academy will come into its own.”

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