THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION supports the further training of vocational school teachers and trainers in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. In cooperation with the BIV – Bundesinnungsverband des Deutschen Kälteanlagenbauerhandwerks (Federal professional association of German refrigeration plant mechanics), TSF provides training vouchers for seminars and trainings. Recently, the first pilot training event took place. Based on the experiences gained as well as the participants’ feedback, future training content will be tailored to the teachers’ needs.

During hydrocarbon training the following topics were addressed: application of hydrocarbons and regulations, thermodynamic properties, plant components, plant design and operation, safety aspects during planning, initial operation, and maintenance as well as the procedure for risk assessment. The conversion from R404 refrigeration systems to A2L refrigerants included – apart from many other topics – especially the requirements of the F-Gas Regulation. This included questions like how to choose a refrigerant for the future, but also issues on thermodynamic properties and the special features of the combustibility class A2L, and much more.

Since the legal requirements of the F-Gas Regulation and the increasing distribution of natural refrigerants lead to new developments in plant manufacturing, teachers are now enabled to pass on this knowledge in their schools. Vocational schools and training centres in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry must also be prepared for these requirements to keep their teaching and training content up to date.

Due to the BIV’s contacts with the schools, it is an ideal partner for the implementation of this advanced training initiative. After contacting further vocational schools, colleges from the guild, and intercorporate training centres, the BIV will inform the relevant teaching staff about the possibilities for the promotion of further trainings, and pass on the Foundation’s funds for specific purposes to the respective vocational schools.