Mitsubishi Electric opens heat pump training centre in Livingston


01 July 2024

Heat Pumps Today editor, Juliet Loiselle travelled to Livingston, Scotland to attend the opening of the brand new Mitsubishi Electric training centre and enjoy a factory tour of their large manufacturing facility.

The centre was officially opened on 15 May with key 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.

With the UK government aiming for 600,000 residential heat pump installations per year by 2028, there is a growing demand for skilled and accredited heat pump installers. Legislation, including funding, by Scottish Government and demand from homeowners and businesses to replace fossil fuel boilers with more sustainable forms of heating, such as heat pumps, is helping to drive growth for more installers.

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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 and innovative way to learn and understand the workings of heat pumps.

To mark the opening, Mitsubishi Electric is offering free training 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.

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