New Training Academy Raises Standards in District Heating

We opened our training academy to educate and train the green workforce of the future... were delighted to welcome staff from the 107-year-old Duncan McInnes Ltd for a four day session designed to give them an introduction to district heating network design and installation.

The training programme saw them cover essential areas such as materials and equipment used, correct design, handling and storage of materials and correct welding techniques.

District heating is a very specialised area and it is essential that we work together as an industry to raise the standards of design and installation so that confidence levels remain high. Mistakes during design and installation can be extremely costly for the client, so we are committed to sharing our knowledge and experience to improve the standards in all areas of district heating.

Ashley Walsh, Vital Energi’s Managing Director – Heat Networks

“We enjoy working with organisations such as Duncan McInnes Ltd who demonstrate a passion and pride in their work and a commitment to improving their skills. The company has a 100+ year history and it is fantastic to see them still striving to learn the newest skills and techniques. We are pleased that our Training Academy is playing a role in delivering these essential skills.”

Duncan McInnes, Operations Manager at Duncan McInnes Ltd, said:

“From initial discussions on District Heating networks, right the way through to undertaking training at Vital Energi’s state of the art training facility, we have been highly impressed by the professionalism and attention to detail shown by all at Vital Energi.”

“District Heating networks are becoming increasingly important in the drive toward a cleaner, greener future both locally and nationally, and we are delighted to have been asked to undertake training within the new, purpose built training academy at Vital Energi HQ in order to understand the processes behind the design and installation of the network system."

The four-day course encompassed classroom and workshop-based training, as well as a day on a live Vital Energi project to give the trainees a well-rounded experience of district heating.