Mitsubishi Electric opens heat pump training centre in Livingston 

Mitsubishi Electric opens heat pump training centre in Livingston 

Mitsubishi Electric has opened a new training centre at its factory complex in Livingston, Scotland. 

The centre was officially opened on 15th May with a number of government and industry figures attending. This included: Graeme Day MSP, Minister for Higher and Further Education, and Tadashi Fujiwara, the Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh.

The company’s Livingston Training Centre joins the company’s two other centres in Manchester and Hatfield. 

Over 1,000 people per year can be trained as accredited heat pump installers at the new Livingston Training Centre. As well as hands-on training, Mitsubishi Electric has developed Virtual Reality (VR) training opportunities giving installers a new way to learn and understand the workings of heat pumps. 

To mark the opening of the Livingston Training Centre, Mitsubishi Electric is offering free training at the centre over the next three months for installers who wish to complete their Part 1, 2 and 3 training in the design and install of Ecodan heat pumps, or who would like to attend a practical, hands-on workshop at the Livingston centre, for all Scottish registered installation companies. (Terms and conditions apply) 

Russell Dean, Mitsubishi Electric Residential Product Group Director said: “Heat pumps have become the de facto renewable heating and hot water system for homes. As such, there is an urgent need for trained and accredited heat pump installers. Offering hands-on training, including using pioneering VR technology, and based at the Livingston factory complex, the largest manufacturer of heat pumps in the UK, trainees can be fully immersed in the world of heat pumps. They will leave here having developed their skills and advanced their career opportunities to install heat pumps. 

“The Livingston Training Centre reaffirms Mitsubishi Electric’s commitment to investing in decarbonised heating and in developing a local workforce to bring about a greener sustainable future.” 

Scottish Further Education Minister Graeme Dey said: “Clean heat and energy efficiency will be vital in meeting our ambitions to achieve net zero both in Scotland and across the world. As part of this, it is important that the Government continues to work collectively with industry, public and private sectors to help scale up the workforce needed to install heat pumps and other clean heating technologies. 

“I have been delighted to see the innovative ways in which Mitsubishi Electric is training up the next generation to ensure they are prepared to tackle the challenges of both the present and the future.” 

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