Knauf Insulation has opened its ThermoShell® Training Academy in Birmingham to up-skill contractors from various trades, enabling them to install its innovative ThermoShell Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) and External Wall Insulation (EWI).
As part of the Green Deal, launched at the beginning of October, there is an increased emphasis on upgrading the thermal performance of the 6.6 million solid wall properties in the UK. Therefore, Knauf Insulation’s new academy is an ideal route for tradesmen of all disciplines, from builders, to heating engineers or solar panel installers, who are looking to take advantage of the Green Deal.
Each course consists of a full day of training, with the delegates having a thorough theoretical workshop in the morning followed by a practical session in the afternoon – putting what they have learned into practice.
After attending the course, the tradesmen will have permission to install Knauf Insulation’s systems but will only become fully accredited once they have completed three installations that are checked and verified by a Knauf Insulation Regional Technical Manager (RTM).
The RTM will observe and help with any problems the installers have whilst fitting the systems. Once three visits have been made and the RTMs are happy with the work the contractors are doing, they will then be awarded full accredited installer status. Additionally, RTMs will visit installers working with the systems on a quarterly basis to make sure everything is still running smoothly.
Craig O’Donnell, Business Development Manager – Residential Refurbishment for Knauf Insulation commented: “We have already had a high level of interest and praise for the course, with places filling up quickly. The academy is a great way to up-skill tradesmen and will help create a pool of competent providers to help deliver the Green Deal.
“With the sheer volume of work to be done around the country on upgrading solid wall properties, it presents a huge new business opportunity and from an installers perspective it therefore makes sense to be in a position to provide as many services as possible. Offering to upgrade a home’s thermal performance seems a logical step and one that presents great awards.”