The mooted National Skills Academy (NSA) for Environmental Technologies has been officially launched, backed by £2.5m of government funding over three years, which will be matched by employers.
It will work with industry and training providers to ensure that employers in new areas of business such as ground source heat pumps and biomass products have a highly skilled workforce to help them grow, and to support the Government’s ambitions for renewable energy and low carbon growth.
In its first 5 years, the National Skills Academy aims to deliver around 2000 publicly-funded and over 200,000 privately funded training courses. It will develop a network of 14 specialist training provider ‘hubs’, based in Further Education Colleges, with over 80 accredited training providers throughout England.
Skills Minister John Hayes, who launched the Academy,, says: “The Prime Minister has set an ambition for this to be the greenest government ever. To achieve this, government, employers and training providers must work together to deliver the skills that will enable our economy to achieve truly sustainable growth.
“By giving the industries that design, install and maintain green solutions for homes and buildings access to world class training, the Skills Academy will help ensure that the UK not only meets its emissions targets but leads the world in innovation.”
The accredited environmental technologies training delivered by the Skills Academy will be approved by SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering.
SummitSkills Chief Executive Keith Marshall OBE said:
“The building services engineering sector is playing a vital role in helping the Government meet its carbon reduction targets. Via the National Skills Academy we now have an accredited, quality assured training infrastructure to ensure the sector has access to the skills it needs to meet the challenges and opportunities of the low carbon economy.”
The initial accredited Skills Academy hubs will be:
· Bedford College (East of England)
· Blackburn College (North West)
· Bradford College (Yorkshire & Humber)
· College of North West London (London)
· Cornwall College (South West)
· Dudley College (West Midlands)
· Hartlepool College (North East)
· Leeds College of Building (Yorkshire & Humber)
· Liverpool Community College (North West)
· Stephenson College (East Midlands)
· Stourbridge College (West Midlands)
· The Genesis Project (Somerset College) (South West)
· Trafford College (North West)
· Weston College (South West)