New Industry data shows a 166% Increase in Qualified Heat Pump Installers

The Heat Pump Association is delighted to share new figures which highlight a significant advancement in the number of individuals qualified to install heat pumps within the UK. In what demonstrates a growing interest in this sector, the number of individuals who have completed training to become qualified heat pump installers has seen an impressive increase of 166% from just under 3,000 in 2022 to close to 8,000 in 2023.

This increase brings the total number of heat pump installers qualified in the last 2 years to just shy of 11,000 individuals. Whilst the data can’t identify whether the qualified individuals are currently working within the sector, the exponential growth highlights the growing interest and investment in heat pumps within the UK and is a testament to the work of the training providers, heating engineers and manufacturers in growing the supply chain, with support from Government grants. According to HPA’s projections, the UK needs the equivalent of 33,700 Full Time Employed heat pump installers to support the transition to clean heating systems in line with Government ambitions, and these figures show good progress is being made.

Many of these 11,000 individuals will have received grants from various Government Schemes including the Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition, skills bootcamps and the current Heat Training Grant.  With the Heat Training Grant able to support around 6,000 additional heat pump trainees in England over the next 13 months, we expect this upward trend to continue in 2024.

Commenting on the increase, Minister for Affordability and Skills Amanda Solloway said: “We’ve seen a surge of heat pump applications since we increased support grants by 50 per cent, making our scheme one of the most generous in Europe. We now want to create an army of experts that will be the heartbeat of this heat pump rollout – it’s fantastic to see thousands joining this new skilled workforce.”

This surge in qualified installers is not just a win for the environment but also for the economy, creating numerous job opportunities and fostering a skilled workforce ready to meet the challenges of the future.

“We are witnessing a pivotal moment in the shift towards the acceleration of heat pump deployment and the sector is leading the charge,” said Laura Needham, Chair of the Training Working group at the Heat Pump Association. “With the support of the Government, the sector is investing in building a strong foundation to train the workforce needed to meet our net zero targets. This strong increase in trained heat pump installers demonstrates change is afoot. Having a qualified, competent and committed heat pump installer network is vital to the success of meeting the Government’s Net Zero targets .”

Welcoming the news, OFTEC training manager, David Knipe, said “Ensuring that homeowners get heat pump installations they can trust is essential if consumers are to have the confidence to invest in low carbon heating. OFTEC is at the forefront of supporting this goal and our new suite of heat pump courses have been extremely popular in the last year, with over 1,330 heating technicians undertaking training.”

Mark Krull, Director at LCL Awards said, “It is encouraging to see that the heating industry within the UK has risen to meet the challenge and those who see the future with heat Pumps are actively seeking to develop and extend their knowledge through training and undertaking qualifications which the HPA has been leading the industry on. This is an ongoing challenge and I am sure more installers will continue to grow their skills and knowledge and help the UK meet its Net Zero Targets.”

Neil Collishaw, CEO at BPEC said, “This is very encouraging news. BPEC is proud to have been a trailblazer in this field having offered heat pump and other renewable training courses/qualifications to the plumbing and heating industry for over a decade. We will continue to work closely with the HPA to promote upskilling opportunities to meet the skills needs for the future which is central to our core mission”.

Paul Collins, Technical Director at NICEIC, commented: “It is great to see the number of installers training to install heat pumps to help us on our journey to Net Zero. However, the industry needs to continue to push to ensure we can meet the targets ahead of us.”

Oliver Zanetti, Mission Manager, Sustainable Future Mission at Nesta commented: “Heating engineers are the experts who will upgrade Britain’s homes with new, efficient and low carbon heat sources. We’re excited to see that more and more engineers are gaining the skills they’ll need to move into the sector and deliver more heat pumps. We need to keep the pace up if we are to achieve the scale of transition that’s necessary. At Nesta, we’re devising and trialling innovations that will make it quicker and easier for engineers to move from gas into installing heat pumps.”

The Heat Pump Association remains dedicated to promoting the adoption of heat pumps as a key solution to reducing carbon emissions from heating and achieving net-zero targets. HPA manufacturing members alone can train 40,000 individuals each year and we continue to work closely with government bodies, industry stakeholders, and our members to ensure that the workforce is ready to meet the increasing demand for heat pump installations.

Note: Data referenced in this release is based on the number of individuals who have successfully completed one of the Heat Pump training courses that are eligible for the Heat Training Grant in 2023 compared to 2022. Outlined in tables 1, 2 and 3 here.

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About the Heat Pump Association:

The HPA is the UK’s dedicated voice for the Heat Pump Sector, driving widespread deployment of heat pump technology throughout the UK. Our membership includes the country’s leading manufacturers of heat pumps, components, and associated equipment as well as energy companies, certification bodies, installers and training providers.  We currently represent over 75 member organisations working in the heat pump sector, with our members representing around 85% of the volume of heat pumps sold in the UK market.