SummitSkills secures funding to set up green academy

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Preparing for tomorrow’s norm — SummitSkills is setting up the Building Services Engineering Green Skills Academy with the support of £3 million of Government finding. This is the BedZed eco-community development at Beddington in Surrey.

SummitSkills has secured £3 million of Government funding for a new national skills academy focusing on environmental technology skills. Employers in the building-services-engineering sector will benefit from a new national skills academy that will co-ordinate skills training in design, installation and maintenance of environmental technologies.

Approval for the bid, led on behalf of employers in the sector by SummitSkills, was announced by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.

Keith Marshall, chief executive of SummitSkills, said, ‘The creation of a Building Services Engineering Green Skills Academy is a critical step forward for the BSE sector. As the National Strategic Skills Audit highlights, future jobs and employment in the sector depend on the ability of business and employers to develop the skills to deal with the task of fitting the environmental technologies which will be commonplace as the UK meets its commitments to the low carbon agenda.

‘The BSE Green Skills Academy will play a key role in ensuring that this skills capability is developed and that the BSE sector can become more proactive in promoting the green agenda to consumers and acting as a trailblazer for green skills.’

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