Daikin’s new training centre will help to train the industry
Daikin UK has invested £1.1 million in its new training centre at Woking. It is equipped with the latest range of fully operational products from the company so that engineers can gain hands-on experience. The wide range of courses on offer includes product selection, installation, servicing and maintenance.
The centre includes 25 fully operational Daikin Altherma air-to-water heat pumps to address the skills shortage in the renewable-heating industry. There are eight bays for practical heating training.
There is also a whole floor dedicated to air-conditioning technologies, numerous demonstration rooms and an online training room with digital conferencing facilities.
A key purpose of the training centre is to advance the future of the industry by helping to meet the demand for suitably qualified and experienced engineers.
A recent survey by Daikin found that 83% of HVAC companies are finding it very difficult to hire suitably qualified engineers.
The survey also found that 99% of companies found product training from manufacturers useful, with 60% wanting training in the latest software tools and 53% also wanting theoretical training. Most companies preferred ‘hands-on-tools’ training over and above online or classroom-based training.
John Durbin, Daikin UK’s technical sales manager, who led the training-centre development project, said, ‘Our UK training centres are designed to help raise the standards of UK HVACR engineers. At Daikin UK, we recognise the business potential for expertly trained installers and we want to help the HVACR industry to grow by training professionals to have the very latest product and service capabilities.
‘Practical, hands-on product training is in high demand, and the new facility in Woking stands as an exemplar of this kind of teaching for the entire industry.’