In order to ensure the building services industry can successfully play its part in meeting the challenge of ending the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels, the Microgeneration Government-Industry Contact Group has been formed.
Made up of industry-leaders, such as the Sector Skills Council SummitSkills, professional bodies, trade associations and manufacturers, the group has developed an action plan in order to implement the Government’s Microgeneration Strategy. Dedicated to looking at the building services sector’s skill and knowledge base, the action plan’s purpose is to ensure the demands of the renewables market can be met.
Objectives affecting training delivery include:
- Auditing all courses and qualifications available so that organisations and individuals wishing to access high-quality training are able to easily see what is available. The intention is to provide a database of all courses that are competence based in terms of content, delivery and assessment, and mapped to National Occupational Standards.
- Transform the way the UK plans, develops and delivers skills in renewable technologies. Through collaboration with key industry bodies, the aim is to provide better access to training that is delivered through a nationwide network, with new programmes and modules that suit employer and individual needs, incorporating a mechanism to monitor the quality of provision.
- Decarbonising buildings through an effective and joined up approach on skills. Sector Skills Councils, through partnerships such as SummitSkills, will work with Government to ensure that appropriate training provision and standards are in place. This will enable industries with an interest in microgeneration to play a full part in the decarbonisation of existing buildings through effective interaction.
- Ensure high quality design is integral to every installation, drastically reducing inappropriate technology applications and poor performance post completion. To do this, there will be a wide range of design qualification and training modules available and all microgeneration training programmes will have to include a relevant design element as an integral requirement. In addition, it will be mandatory for all Green Deal assessors to be fully trained in all aspects of microgeneration.
As part of our commitment to standardise and provide industry-led training, today and in the future, the National Skills Academy is already delivering environmental technologies courses that take into account the changes defined in the Microgeneration Government-Industry Contact Group Action Plan.
Through the National Skills Academy, electrotechnical, heating and plumbing engineers, whether employers or sole traders, can access technical training in solar thermal, heat pumps, solar photovoltaics and rainwater harvesting and recycling, with micro-CHP, micro-wind, micro-hydro and biofuels (including biomass) available later in the year.
The full action plan can be downloaded here