Government prepares to deliver training for a greener future

Published:  02 March, 2011

The prospects for the UK’s green and renewable industries for sustained growth have been boosted by the announcement of a new National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies by Skills Minister John Hayes. The academy will receive up to £2.5 million of funding over three years, matched by employers. It will work with industry and training providers to ensure that employers in new areas of business such as the installation, maintenance and repair of solar PV panels, ground-source heat pumps and biomass products have a highly skilled workforce to help them grow and to support the Government’s ambitions for renewable and low-carbon growth.

In its first five years, the National Skills Academy aims to deliver around 2000 publicly funded and over 200 000 privately funded training courses. It will develop a network of 14 specialist training-provider ‘hubs’ based in further-education colleges, with over 80 accredited training providers throughout England.

The accredited environmental technology delivered by the academy will be approved by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building-services engineering.

Keith Marshall, chief executive of SummitSkills said. ‘The building-services engineering sector is playing a vital role in helping the Government meet its carbon-reduction targets. Via the National Skills Academy, we now have an accredited, quality-assured training infrastructure to ensure the sector has access to the skills it needs to meet the challenges and opportunities of the low-carbon economy.’



comments powered by Disqus

Search

Welcome

Welcome to Modern Building Services Online, the web edition of Modern Building Services (MBS) journal and the UK's most popular Building Services engineering site. Modern Building Services covers the entire Building Services Engineering industry. This site contains archived content from the journal, plus web-specific content.

When you go to our digital edition, you can also access the archive of digital editions.
October 2017: DIGITAL EDITION
ARCHIVE OF DIGITAL EDITIONS

Modern Building services has a group
on Linkedin - join us!

Construction Week

Show

Jobs

  • Intermediate / Senior Mechanical Engineer

    The Mechanical team undertake the design and specification of a range of Mechanical building services in a lead or supporting role, depending on project complexity and scale. You should demonstrate a flexible approach to design and team working and wil......

  • Senior Urban Designer

     Applicants will be Master’s Degree qualified Architects / Urban Designers, with a strong portfolio of work highlighting a variety of projects at a range of scales and types, with strong focus on regeneration, infrastructure-led projects and major develo......

  • Principal Structural Engineer

    We are currently recruiting on behalf of a global client, with a diverse range of award winning projects to their name. Their experience spans a host of market sectors, including transport, infrastructure, defence, scientific, education, high-tech and ......

more jobs »

Poll

"Is the Building Services industry lagging behind in the implementation of BIM?"



Calendar