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HybridTec secures £1m government contract

The firm also appoints a new board of governors to drive its nationwide expansion

Liverpool City Region-based training provider, HybridTec, secures a new £1m contract with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, to upskill heating engineers in air source heat pumps and low temperature heating systems nationwide.

The government contract is the latest in a long list of high-profile project wins for Hybridtec during the last 12 months, resulting in the opening of new sites in Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Cumbria.

To help navigate this expansion, the firm has appointed a new board of governors, and entrusted the guidance from some of the region’s leaders in the energy, engineering and communication sectors.

Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience, the governors include managing director of M&E consultants Steven Hunt Associates, and board chair, Steve Hunt; Rebecca Armstrong, director of retrofit company MEG (Making Energy Greener); Sean Keyes, managing director of Sutcliffe, civil and structural engineers; and Jayne Moore, CEO of marketing and PR firm Moore Media.

Sophie Gilmore, managing director, HybridTec, said:

“HybridTec has a proud history of working with leading national employers to place our apprentices directly into ongoing employment. Collectively, Rebecca, Sean, Steve, and Jayne bring them years’ of experience not just within this sector, but as leaders of hugely successful businesses. Their expertise will be immeasurable as we continue our own growth trajectory over the coming years.”

Steve Hunt, managing director, Steven Hunt Associates, and board chair, said:

“HybridTec’s vision and plans for continued growth must be applauded and with a new board consisting of MDs and CEOs from across the construction, engineering and renewable energy sectors, there is great potential for further expansion. Upskilling in this sector is something I am passionate about, and I look forward to working with Sophie and her team, and my fellow board members in driving this agenda forward.”

Rebecca Armstrong, director, MEG (Making Energy Greener):

“As we all work towards reaching net zero by 2050, it is crucial that companies like HybridTec and MEG continue to lead the green revolution, and upskill the next generation in renewables. I am very pleased to be a part of the next step in HybridTec’s growth.”

Sean Keyes, managing director, Sutcliffe, said:

“There is a serious skills shortage in our sector at the moment, but the training that HybridTec provides is helping to ensure that the present and the future workforces in our industry will have the tools to thrive. It’s a great honour to be announced as a new board member and I am looking forward to getting started in my role.”

Jayne Moore, CEO, Moore Media, said:

“Sophie and John have undertaken a huge growth strategy, delivering much needed skills both in gas engineering and green energy across the UK to fulfil the national retrofit agenda currently underway. Joined by Sean, Steve and Rebecca, we will be working with the HybridTec team to hold the board to account and ensure robust governance as they continue to grow. I am proud to have been asked to join.”

Established in 2005, HybridTec is the only centre of its kind within the Liverpool City Region, providing accredited, industry-led certification in gas, plumbing, electrical and green energy (NICEIC, BPEC).

Leaders in the green energy training and the green agenda, HybridTec launched its green academy in 2022 – addressing the skills gap within today’s tradespeople and preparing a future workforce to reach net zero by 2050.