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SummitSkills urges future focus for PV industry

With the distraction of a third Government legal challenge to the December Feed-in Tariff reduction now ruled out by the Supreme Court, it is time for the PV industry to focus on the future, states SummitSkills.

SummitSkills urges future focus for PV industry

The sector skills council for building services engineering represents many of the employers whose skilled operatives will be installing the photovoltaic panels that will be eligible for FiTs; electricians and plumbers, as well those working in the refrigeration, air conditioning, heating and ventilating industries.

SummitSkills’ own research suggests that demand for environmental technologies will outstrip the number of trained and skilled installers over the next few years. Those employers who are far-sighted enough to invest before then in training their workforce are likely to be in a better position to take advantage of the opportunities to grow their business and cater to an increasing consumer demand.

Keith Marshall OBE, Chief Executive of SummitSkills, said: “After the uncertainty of the last few months, the Supreme Court’s ruling should bring some welcome clarity for the PV industry. Whatever happens to Feed-in Tariffs, crucial to the industry’s future success will be having the trained workforce to provide the high quality design, installation and maintenance that will enable this technology to deliver on its promised benefits. For employers, now is the time to plan ahead for the workforce that you will need in order to take advantage of the opportunities offered by renewable energy technologies. Employers rarely regret investing in the development of their staff as the right training benefits individuals and the business.”

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