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BEIS / AOC: Heat Pump and Retrofit Skills for a Net Zero Workforce

Venue: Westminster Kingsway College - Victoria Centre, 76 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD

Date: 29 June 2022

Time: 13:00 - 16:30

Fee: Free

This event is for Colleges/FE Provides only.

Due to room capacity we only have 40 places available and are initially restricting places to one per college


This free event, run by BEIS and the Association of Colleges, will cover the role of colleges in delivering the training needed to decarbonise heat and increase energy efficiency of buildings on the path to Net Zero. We will be joined by stakeholders from the heat pump and building fabric industries.

Speakers will set out:

• Government strategy for decarbonisation, and how it is supporting these changes

• Projected changes in workforces

• What training is available or upcoming

• Employers’ plans for their workforces and how colleges can help


Confirmed Speakers
Emma Link
Industry Analyst at CITB
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Emma has worked at CITB for 17 years in a variety of roles. This session will be an introduction to CITB’s Net Zero employment forecasting tool and an overview of research on the skills requirements and challenges for energy efficiency retrofit.
Emma Link photo
Ian Rippin
CEO at MCS
Ian Rippin photo
Ian Rippin is CEO of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, a profit-for-purpose organisation that plays a central role in the UK’s adoption of renewable energy sources. This session will provide an overview of the market for training and qualifications that can be offered to learners seeking a first career or to transition into the UK’s microgeneration technology-based sector, including for the installation of Solar Panels and Heat Pumps
Ian Rippin photo
Phil Hurley
Chair of the Heat Pump Association
Phil Hurley photo
Phil was appointed Chair of the Heat Pump Association in January 2021 following his role as Vice-Chair since April 2019. Representing around 95% of the heat pump manufacturing market share, the HPA has seen some major breakthroughs under Phil’s leadership and is committed to working in constructive partnership with the Government to ensure that consumers are able to access heat pumps as a solution to decarbonise their homes.
Phil Hurley photo
Laura Needham
Head of Training at Vaillant Group
Laura has been involved with training since her days in Vaillant Service back in 2013. Since then Laura has had a few roles learning the importance in learning and development for the business and industry.
Kath Ayres
Head of Central Operations for Low Carbon Heating
Kath's early career involved a variety of operational, strategic and transformational roles in the water industry for United Utilities, Manila Water Co, Business Stream and Bristol Water. In this session we'll take a whistle stop tour of Octopus Energy where we'll be introduced to our Low Carbon operation