Firm’s green energy boost

Ploughcroft Managing Director Chris Hopkins (right) and Steve Fisher Chairman of UTN (left) outside the new training centre.
Ploughcroft Managing Director Chris Hopkins (right) and Steve Fisher Chairman of UTN (left) outside the new training centre.

A firm based in Brighouse is leading the way when it comes to providing courses to train people in renewable energy installation.

Ploughcroft has opened the first Green Deal-ready training centre in partnership with UTN Training.

The purpose-built centre, in Wakefield, aims to provide the most comprehensive range of Green Deal and renewable energy installation courses in the UK, as well as health and safety courses for people involved in the construction sector.

It boasts a 14,500 sq ft indoor training area with 15 fully-equipped classrooms which can cater for 180 delegates at any one time.

It has a further 3,000 sq ft outdoor training area, plus car parking available for 200 cars.

The training centre also features a 25m-long training roof, extensive work bays for solar PV and solar thermal, as well as dedicated training areas for heat pumps and biomass boiler installation.

There is also an external training facility for wind turbine installation.

Chris Hopkins, managing director of Ploughcroft, said: “We are really excited about the new training centre, as from August a full turnkey training solution for Green Deal installers and Green Deal assessors will be in place, opening up new opportunities for construction industry professionals.

“The centre will be capable of upskilling 10,000 people per year, so will help meet the Government’s ambitious targets for full Green Deal adoption across with the UK, with a fully qualified Green Deal workforce.”

He added: “There are fantastic opportunities for construction industry professionals to upskill in renewable technologies and reap the benefits of lucrative new income streams and we can offer them everything they need to do this.

“We have geared up to meet demand in the industry with what must be one of the most impressive training facilities in the country, backed up by the highest quality training available.”

Ploughcroft will create at least five new jobs in its first year and expects to train 10,000 people within the first year, with courses available from early July.