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HybridTec and B2W Group secure £1m Department for Education funding to help businesses upskill their employees

HybridTec, in partnership with B2W Group, is the only training provider in the North of England to win funding

Liverpool training providers, HybridTec and B2W Group have successfully secured £1m worth of ‘green bootcamp’ funding from the Department for Education to support businesses and job seekers in upskilling in the latest renewable energy technology.

In partnership with the B2W Group, the aim of the programme is to encourage businesses and job seekers to upskill in their respective teams in the newest sustainable technologies, including air source and ground source heat pumps, solar thermal hot water, and underfloor heating.

SP Energy Networks estimates the cost of installing ground source heat pumps is expected to be around £4.8bn, while the number of homes that will install heat pumps by 2040 is estimated to be over 547,000. As a result of the £1m funding, jobs created by decarbonisation investment is set to be 12,460, providing the Liverpool City Region with a robust energy network infrastructure.

Established in 2005, HybridTec delivers accredited, industry-led training in gas, plumbing, electrical and green energy to build a future workforce. As leaders in energy training and the green agenda, the firm launched its green academy this year – addressing the skills gap within today’s tradespeople and preparing a future workforce in line with the Government’s mission of reducing carbon emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050.

Sophie Gilmore, managing director at HybridTec, said:

“It is fantastic that HybridTec has been awarded this funding in partnership with the B2W Group by the Department for Education, and I would like to thank those involved in securing the bid.

“At HybridTec, it’s our mission to help businesses and out of work individuals across the city region to achieve their goals and career aspirations, and this funding will enable us to deliver our programme effectively and efficiently.

“The heating industry is changing, and engineers will now have the opportunity to upskill and future proof their businesses thanks to our green bootcamp.”

Claire Lee, business development director, at B2W Group, said:

“B2W Group, working in partnership with HybridTec, are delighted to have been successful in securing a contract with the Department for Education on the delivery of green heating technologies under the recent Wave 3 Green Skills Bootcamp procurement.

“This exciting initiative will provide vital new skills for those looking to access a career and those looking to upskill or re-skill across the renewable energy sector.

“B2W Group, along with HybridTec, are keen to continue the great work that is being done across Liverpool City Region and see the success as a great opportunity to continue to support the city’s green agenda.”

The programme has been designed by ‘engineers-for-engineers,’ and can be completed around other work commitments.

The funding is also part of a wider £3m investment which was made available by the Department for Education to deliver environmentally sustainable projects across the country.