New academies

£3m plan to build energy training centres

Vision: Mark Glasgow

Businessman Mark Glasgow is investing £3 million into a series of energy training centres around Scotland to improve the industry’s skills shortage.

Construction is already under way on the first Energy Training Academy in the capital, with further sites earmarked for Glasgow and the north-east.

The Edinburgh facility is due to be completed in November.

“This is a vision I have had for some time and given the speed at which our industry is changing towards more sustainable heating technologies, I felt now was the time to really push my plans forward,” said Mr Glasgow, owner of the Edinburgh Boiler Company and Glasgow Boiler Company.

“The next few years are going to be critical in our industry. The skills shortage we are currently facing as an industry is concerning and I thought it important to provide a modern training centre with a focus on renewables.

“Initially this will be in Edinburgh and the plan is to then extend that education offering around Scotland by establishing regional training centres.

“We have recently added heat pumps to our list of installation services and more developments are in the pipeline.

“The academy will be used by engineers looking to upskill to renewables and to give our current installation and repair staff a place to learn ‘in-house’ as we look to continue leading the way in home heating in Scotland.

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