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Help and advice for hundreds of new renewables installers

SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building services engineering (BSE), recently helped hundreds of operatives interested in installing environmental technologies to get a better understanding of what they will need to do to prepare for the Government’s Green Deal at a series of Renewables Roadshows events.

The six successful roadshows took place across England and Scotland during September, and SummitSkills were at each event to answer visitors’ questions and offer advice on the skills needed by the emerging renewables industry.

The huge interest amongst visitors in training in environmental technologies is great news for the BSE sector, as recent research by SummitSkills has shown there are currently not enough operatives trained in green technologies to cope with anticipated demand from customers. Representatives from the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies (NSAET) were also on hand to offer their expertise. The NSAET is a network of training providers, set up earlier in 2011 by SummitSkills, which deliver accredited environmental technologies training, making them a great source of information on renewables skills.

Many employers were unsure of where to start and there was also much interest in the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and how operatives can become accredited MCS installers, essential if installers and their clients are to take full advantage of the Government’s financial support in the form of Renewable Heat Premium Payments, Renewable Heat Incentives and Feed-In Tariffs.

For those who missed the Renewables Roadshow events, help is still available for employers and employees interested in learning more about environmental technologies.

Keith Marshall, OBE, Chief Executive of SummitSkills says: “Environmental technologies are becoming more and more important as the UK works hard to meet its commitments to the low carbon agenda. We are always pleased to be involved in events like the Renewables Roadshow where we can talk directly to employees in the sector, to help answer their questions and discuss their skills needs.”

“We are continuing to work closely with the sector and training providers to ensure that employers have access to high quality skills training in environmental technologies.”

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