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Government funded training aimed at housing providers announced

Oct 2, 2023

Rachael Mills, Chirpy Heat

DESNZ has announced the first round of £5m funded training that will help housing providers reduce costs, improve service and lower emissions. This will be a major boost to the sector that is coming under increasing pressure to address poorer performing heating and hot water systems and to meet full regulation coming in 2024.

Heat networks will be a big part of housing and the future of net zero carbon.  Not only is the Government supporting their expansion and putting full regulation, they are also investing in skills and training to ensure the supply chain is equipped to deliver.

Chirpy Heat has been chosen as a national approved training provider under the Government’s heat network training grant. Now is the opportunity for housing providers to upskill both the internal team and suppliers and make real improvement for homes and customers.

Chirpy Heat Director, Rachael Mills said, “Heat Networks are complex and present a technical challenge, but above all they are a management challenge. Chirpy Heat training brings together these two elements so that technical and management teams can understand each other and create a common language so together they are able to make heat networks better.”

We are able to offer three courses through the grant programme:

Audience: Housing providers (housing association, local authorities, ALMOs)

This course will empower housing providers to become stronger more effective client for heat networks: through more effective procurement, oversight of contractors and understanding accountability in network design, delivery, operation and maintenance. This will also help you maximise the benefits of your investment in heat networks.

Audience: Supply chain (M&E contractors, heating contractors, building services engineers)

This course will enable the supply chain to meet the challenges and opportunities in the sector and to help clients deliver better heat networks. It will provide best practice knowledge to operate and maintain heat networks more effectively and help to maximise the benefits of client investment in networks.

Audience: Housing providers and developers

This course will enable housing providers to deliver the vision of low cost, low carbon and reliable heat networks. It will help map the strategic course for heat networks within the stock, ensure compliance with regulations and prepare for future policy changes. It will provide the knowledge and confidence to engage in discussion about heat networks with residents and stakeholders and with the supply chain.

All courses are 3.5 hours and take place both online and in-person.  A full overview of our training offer, course dates and how to book is available here. The Government support means the courses are only £100*, or £50* if your organisation is a member of the National Housing Federation.  Click here to book!

* All fees are subject to a booking fee and VAT.