The initiative, which launches on 1 October, is designed to equip field engineers, consultants, designers and end users with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the new generation of alternative cooling systems, based on high efficiency, natural and low Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants.
Courses will be held at Integral’s award-winning training centre at Minworth, near Birmingham, which has working examples of systems running on state-of-the-art HFO refrigerants, carbon dioxide and propane.
Integral provides refrigeration installation and service for some of the UK’s biggest food retailers. It believes there remains a significant gap between end users’ desire to adopt greener systems and the skills available in the market to deliver the latest high efficiency, low GWP systems.
To help meet this need, the company has entered into a partnership with specialist training organisation ETH, part of Dudley College, to make available its expertise on a national scale.
ETH already operates from a number of centres across the UK, offering specialist courses for the oil and gas industry, plus training in renewables and health and safety. The partnership with Integral is part of an ongoing development plan to expand the range of courses offered and its geographical reach.
Courses to be offered at Minworth include theoretical and practical training in F-Gas legislation and compliance, the application of alternative refrigerants (HC, HFO and CO2), electrical skills and control circuitry. It will also offer training and assessment in refrigerant safe handling under the City & Guilds 2079 scheme.
Heading up the centre is training manager David Sargent, supported by specialist refrigeration trainer John Bradley. Electrical equipment is being installed at the centre to cater for the new electrical courses being offered alongside refrigeration.
Patrick Mullins, business development director at Integral’s refrigeration operation, said: “We are delighted to be launching this partnership with ETH. There is huge interest among end users in adopting greener, more efficient technology. However, progress is being hampered by the shortage of practical knowledge and skills available in the market.
“Combining our technical knowledge and facilities with the outstanding training skills and resources of ETH provides the industry with an opportunity to rapidly upskill engineers and designers, and rise to the challenge presented by many major customers.”
For more details or a list of courses offered, contact: Michelle Edwards or Rachel Allen on 0800 028 7420.