The British Drilling Association (BDA) has secured a record-breaking grant of over £90,000 from training body CITB Construction Skills which will fund investment in training and qualifications for the developing geothermal sector.
According to the BDA, the £93,220 fund is the largest secured in the organisation’s 35 year history. The grant will be used for a 19 month project called ‘Land Drilling — Geothermal Drilling, Qualifications, Training and Skills Development’.
The grant has come from the CITB Growth Fund which is targeted at supporting business growth, not least for emerging markets and specialist sub-sectors that are linked to environmental sustainability, low carbon and renewable energy.
The BDA said that geothermal drilling’s status as an essential input to ground source heat pump systems helped it to meet all the Growth Fund criteria. The BDA’s track record in successfully delivering similar projects, its Trade Association status and its commitment to quality training also helped it to qualify for the funding, it said.