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Fears expressed over lack of environmental technology skills

SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building services engineering, has expressed fears that there are not enough trained operatives in UK to cope with any sudden demand over the next two years.

The announcement follows a report by the organisation, entitled Potential Training Demand in Environmental Technologies in Building Services Engineering.

It found that many companies indicated they wish to be engaged in environmental technologies, though do not have the expected core competencies to do so.

Companies with 16-25 employees showed a consistent drop in engagement in environmental technologies in 2009, compared with 2008, which was partly blamed on the recession.

Furthermore, there has been no increase in the engagement and reported number of fully trained operatives for ground source heat pumps.

The report is the first of a set of three analysing trends in the sector’s engagement with renewable and the potential impact of these trends across the UK.

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