SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the building engineering sector, has launched its National Skills Academy (NSA) for environmental technologies, to help tackle the predicted shortfall in ‘green’ skills in the industry.
The organisation estimates there are potentially 500,000 target trainees in the sector, and that approximately 60 per cent of these will need to be trained up.
Speaking at the launch Keith Marshall, Summit Skills chief executive, said: “It’s not enough to have the technology available - it needs to be installed by skilled people.”
“Current Government carbon reduction targets present a huge challenge for skills planning, while confusion exists among employers over what training is required.”
Mr Marshall adds that the academy will give employers an accessible training solutions provider in ‘green’ skills that will provide coordinated training and communication on a national level.
The academy is set to employ a three way communication model that uses a central coordinating hub that links with a number of lead or regional hubs and appointed partner providers.
So far the skills academy has been backed by 41 employers including Gratte Brothers and Bovis, as well as the five main STA’s – SNIPEF, HVCA, ECA, SELECT and APHC.
Summit Skills is to submit a business plan to secure government funding later this month and expects the NSA to be operational by early next year.