In October, the DECC announced a £500,000 fund, set up to help provide training to domestic heating engineers, allowing them to install and maintain renewable heating systems.
Now due to considerable interest, and the large amount of training vouchers already issued, the scheme has been extended by an additional £150,000.
With the imminent launch of the domestic RHI, the extension will ensure that customers have a wide range of installers to consult, and that these installers are trained to the latest and highest standards.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Today’s announcement is a positive reflection on the industry’s enthusiasm for the government’s push towards renewable heating. I am delighted to announce this additional funding, which should be taken as yet another sign of DECC’s commitment to renewable heating and the imminent arrival of the domestic RHI this spring.
“By incorporating renewable heating into the businesses of many off-gas grid installers, consumers unsure about their next heating system will be able to more easily access knowledgeable, trusted sources of advice in their home.”
Griff Thomas of GTEC Training Ltd, which is administering the scheme, said: “We are delighted that the uptake in vouchers has been so positive and we have seen some great feedback from the industry already, we think the additional funding will make sure that the scheme delivers all of its objectives”