UK heating manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch Group, has opened a new training facility in Normanton, near Wakefield, with the aim to provide better support and an improved training experience for installer, specifier and merchant customers.
The new state-of-the-art training centre is part of a £1.2 million investment by Bosch UK, which sees Worcester sharing a 3.6 acre site (the equivalent of two football pitches) with Bosch Rexroth.
The new facility will offer an entire suite of Worcester training courses for heating engineers and service technicians across all of its core product ranges – from gas-fired and oil-fired boilers through to solar thermal panels and a wide variety of heat pump technologies.
Phil Bunce, training manager at Worcester, Bosch Group said: “As well as the continual development and manufacture of high-efficiency heating technologies, Worcester is dedicated to training installers to help keep them up to date with the latest product developments and legislative change.
“The centre concentrates on our core product offerings however, we also have an eye on the future with the facility purposely being larger than what we presently need. This means that as our portfolio increases and renewables start to prosper, we have the room for expansion.
“With the opening of our new Wakefield centre, we aim to train double the number of installers we train in the north of the country to around 1,600 installers in 2014. Last year alone, we trained around 18,500 installers at our various training facilities around the UK.”
Worcester also has a fleet of six mobile gas and oil training vehicles available to deliver training at local merchant branches or direct to local installer businesses that may require training to be conducted at their own premises.