We were delighted that the Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Ed Miliband’s was able to officially open the new £1.5 million training facility we have here at our headquarters in Worcester. With the new training centre now up and running we expect to see up to 20,000 installers attending courses in 2012, which is our 50th anniversary year in business, all at various stages of their career.
It was also great to hear his thoughts on supporting new routes into work for the country’s younger generation where he praised the four-year apprenticeship scheme we have at Worcester, calling on more companies to do the same and pledging that any future Labour Government will incentivise companies to go down this route.
For those who don’t want to go to University, there needs to be alternative options opened to them and it is up to manufacturers to help with this. Like many industrial sectors, the heating industry is undergoing a skills crisis which can only be solved by taking steps to encourage young people to get the necessary training and qualifications.
A Q&A session attended by installers, apprentices and Worcester employees also gave the chance to hear Mr Miliband’s thoughts on the Renewable Heat Incentive as well as wider environmental issues. He was disappointed about the Government’s timetable for the implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), feeling they were dragging their feet over a regulation that will help rather than hinder the heating industry.
Neil Schofield is head of external and governmental affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group.