Adding to the growing support network for solar installers in the UK, the Waxman Group has launched a specialist training academy in Elland, West Yorkshire.

Located at the company’s head office, the new Waxman Training Academy site will offer a selection of courses designed for solar PV, solar thermal, water regulations, heat pump installation, unvented hot water, biomass and working from heights.

The Waxman Group has invested over £100k in the purpose-built facility, which features a lecture theatre-style classroom with audio visual projection facilities, a trouble-shooting test room as well as a scaffolding rig, mounted to multiple roofs on a house shell.

Simon Pattison, who will head up the Waxman Training Academy, said: “In the current climate and amid tightening legislation and the introduction of various government incentive schemes, it’s vital that installers not only stay on top of developments but that they update and expand their skill set. 

“Installer training is not normally particularly hands-on but our courses will be heavily centred on practical experience. Those attending can expect a 50/50 theory/practical split.”

All of Waxman’s courses are Logic Certified, with the exception of biomass and working at heights. Solar PV and solar thermal courses meet the training entry requirements for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS); the unvented hot water course is recognised by Competent Person Schemes (CPS); and the water regulations course is fully recognised by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS).

Courses begin at the Waxman Training Academy on April 10, 2012.