The £500,000 fund aimed at expanding the skill set of domestic heating engineers to include renewable heating systems has been extended by an additional £150,000.

This extension was announced by Energy Minister Greg Barker during a visit to Grant Engineering UK in Devizes, Wiltshire.

The scheme, which includes an apprenticeship initiative, has been in high demand from heating engineers and apprentices alike.

Based on the early indications of interest and the number of vouchers already issued, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has decided to increase the funding for the scheme in order to further bolster the supply chain in the run up to the launch of the domestic renewable heat incentive.