Apprenticeship for Heat Network Maintenance Technician
We have recently received formal approval for the launch of the Heat Network Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship! This is a significant milestone for the Heat Network industry and will contribute to the recruitment of skilled people as well as providing new and exciting opportunities for young people across the country.
There is a huge amount of work to do in the Heat Network Industry. The government has targeted Net Zero by 2050, and on the back of this we are planning for between £60 billion and £80 billion of investment coming into both the market and projects. We are expecting this to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. To achieve this massive goal, we need teams of talented individuals ready to stand up to the challenge!
Technically, the apprenticeship will aim to provide structured learning, with a core module focussing on STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) fundamentals including mechanical, electrical & controls principles, maintenance strategies and safe working practices. This core module will be complemented with options specialising in either Heat Interface Units, LTHW (Low Temperature Hot Water) Distribution Systems or Heat Generation plant and equipment. The apprenticeship will be undertaken over a 36-month period and will be open to young students over the age of 16 with no prior industry experience, but also to people wanting to retrain and join the heat network industry.
Over the coming weeks, our Head of Operations is finalising the formation of the Trailblazer group, a team of people who will be working to finalise the apprenticeship syllabus and talking to the colleges and schools across the country which will be delivering the apprenticeship. This Trailblazer group will be formed of a team of industry representatives, government representatives and associations, working with the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education. We have already had a great deal of support to date and are very grateful, but if you would like to get involved in developing the standard, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are really looking forward to the first cohort of future apprentices to join us in this exciting world of low carbon heat networks, they will be very welcome!