The government’s Green Plan is predicted to result in the installation of 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028 with the creation of around 250,000 UK jobs between now and then.
Here at Thornhvac we are already seeing an increase in job opportunities in the heat pump sector and this looks set to continue to rise over the next few years.
The government’s 10-point plan to make Britain’s homes, schools and hospitals greener and more energy efficient is in line with recommendations by the Heat Pump Association (HPA), which is pushing for the introduction of infrastructure in existing homes to accommodate low carbon heating along with more training for heat pump installers to ensure the industry can keep up with demand.
Early indications in the HVAC jobs market show that there are likely to be some exciting new engineering careers in the heat pump industry. Demand for design engineers, application engineers, project engineers and sales managers is inevitable as heat pump manufacturers align themselves to compete for a slice of the market.
The advantage heat pumps have over other green technologies is that they are already well established and recognised as an effective route to decarbonisation. This means they can help the UK move quickly in the shift to green energy.
The HPA is campaigning for a level playing field across heating types to establish best practice and low carbon targets for all installations. It has published three key recommendations as the industry prepares for significant growth and investment:
– Introduce a maximum flow temperature of 55℃ in Building Regulations to be applied to replacement heating systems from 2026.
– Introduce in Building Regulations for Heat Loss Calculations to be carried out for all replacement heating systems from 2026.
– All heating installers to have a Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water Qualification, or equivalent, as part of accreditation scheme refresher courses.
Thornhvac has been a specialist recruiter in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning sectors for more than 20 years and is well placed to support heat pump businesses as they look to upskill to meet demand. We are also a primary port of call for talented engineers who are looking for their next career move.
To find out more about how we can help you maximise the opportunities ahead call us on 01158714777