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Integral joins forces with Energy Training Hub for national refrigeration, energy and electrical training

Contractor and trainer collaborate on new courses centred on Integral’s Cooling Award-winning Minworth training centre

Integral UK has entered into a partnership with Energy Training Hub, part of Dudley College to offer a programme of courses in refrigeration, energy and electrical skills.

Courses will be held at Integral’s training centre at Minworth, near Birmingham, a former Cooling Award winner, which has working examples of refrigeration systems running on HFOs, carbon dioxide and propane – a portfolio Integral claims as unique.

The initiative, which launches on 1 October, is designed to equip people with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the new generation of alternative cooling systems, based on high efficiency, natural and low-GWP refrigerants.

Integral 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 ETH to make its expertise available 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 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 the full engineers’ F-Gas qualification under the City & Guilds 2079 scheme.

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.”

Christopher Dalton, managing director of ETH, said: ““The new initiative enables everyone with an interest in low carbon cooling to gain experience of the new technology. We are also conscious of the vital part energy will play in the future. A key aspect of the offering will be integrated training across refrigeration and energy, to ensure that systems are not only low GWP, but maximised for efficiency. With our experience of renewables, electrical control and energy, we believe we are in a unique position to deliver this.”

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