The Sector Skills Council for the places where we live and work
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has launched a partnership to ensure the UK has the right skills to implement the Green Deal, the government's flagship policy to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
The Green Deal aims to enable private firms to offer consumers energy improvements to their homes, communities and businesses at no upfront cost and to recoup payments as a charge in instalments on the energy bill.
The Green Deal Skills Alliance (GDSA), officially launched by the Minister, is working to create new training and accreditation for the energy assessment, advice and installation workforce - the people who will carry out the improvements. The GDSA is made up of three Sector Skills Councils - Asset Skills, ConstructionSkills and SummitSkills.
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "The success of the Green Deal will, in part, come down to having people who have the right skills and knowledge to instill trust. The Green Deal Skills Alliance will help industry face the challenges ahead so people get the right training and qualifications they will need in order to gain work under the Green Deal."
The Green Deal is due to launch in October and could see uptake within 14 million homes and create 65,000 jobs by 2015.
Chief Executive Designate of Asset Skills, Sarah Bentley, said: "The new skills programmes we are introducing as part of the GDSA are important for the UK to meet its targets on cutting carbon. The partnership is running a series of Green Deal Connections events to raise awareness that only those with the right qualifications will be able to secure work from the Green Deal."
Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, said: "It is vital that firms, particularly SMEs, are able to meet demand for the construction of low carbon technology, as well as knowing how not to fall foul of changing regulations. We want to help SMEs understand the impact of new legislative requirements affecting carbon emissions and develop the right skills to respond to this demand. We need to ensure that government and larger contractors adequately support SMEs in meeting green skills needs."
Keith Marshall, OBE, Chief Executive of SummitSkills, said: "There has been so much talk about Green Deal that not surprisingly many employers tell us they are unsure of where to start to prepare their people to support and take advantage of the initiative. The Green Deal Connections events will guide visitors through the mass of information towards exactly what potential installers of environmental technologies need to know."
The GDSA will develop and implement the Green Deal Competency Framework, which aims to produce common standards and qualifications to sit across all aspects of Green Deal assessment, advice and installation. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 678 2 888.
To register for a Green Deal Connections event, visit our Green Deal Connections page here.
Photo shows (L-R) Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, Mark Farrar; Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, MP; Chief Executive of Asset Skills Sarah Bentley; Chief Executive of SummitSkills Keith Marshall, OBE.
About the Green Deal and ECO
The Energy Act 2011 included provisions for the new 'Green Deal', which intends to reduce carbon emissions cost effectively by revolutionising the energy efficiency of British properties.
The Green Deal financial mechanism eliminates the need to pay upfront for energy efficiency measures and instead provides reassurances that the cost of the measures should be covered by savings on the electricity bill.
A new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will integrate with the Green Deal, allowing supplier subsidy and Green Deal Finance to come together into one seamless offer to the consumer.
At a local level, the Green Deal will enable many households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties so less energy is consumed and less money is wasted. The key focus of the new energy company obligation - or "ECO" will be on those householders who cannot achieve significant energy savings without an additional or different measure of support. For example, this includes vulnerable and low-income households and those living in harder to treat properties, such as solid walled properties. A quarter of the UK's carbon emissions comes from the energy used in homes and a similar amount comes from our businesses, industry and workplaces.
At a national level, the UK needs to become more energy efficient to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, which risk climate change. The Climate Change Act 2008 legislated for a reduction in our carbon emissions and set legally-binding carbon budgets across all sectors of the UK economy - including our homes and communities, and our workplaces.
About the GDSA and Green Deal Connections events
The success of the Green Deal process requires an accredited and qualified assessment and installation workforce. As part of the Employer Investment Fund administered by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Asset Skills is working with two other Sector Skills Councils - ConstructionSkills and SummitSkills - to form the Green Deal Skills Alliance (GDSA).
The GDSA will draw on the different SSC footprints to develop and implement the Green Deal Competency Framework. This framework will develop a set of common occupational standards to sit across Green Deal assessment and installation.
The framework will also tackle a wider remit of issues surrounding Green Deal implementation, including a series of free events called Green Deal Connections, to raise skills awareness and help facilitate the Green Deal process.
The events are taking place in or around the following cities.
They will cover the following topics:
Cut the Carbon is a campaign run by CITB-ConstructionSkills that aims to make SMEs aware that they need to learn new green building techniques in order to be equipped in time to meet the anticipated demand from consumers and businesses for the installation and maintenance of existing and new green technologies. For more information visit www.cskills.org/cutcarbon