National Skills Academy builds on the success of the last three years

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies restructures to ensure it remains the leading authority on environmental technologies and energy efficiency skills development.

Having successfully completed its three year funded programme from the government’s Skills Funding Agency, and been granted a continuation of the licence to operate as a National Skills Academy, the organisation will continue to deliver high quality training, assessment and qualifications through a UK-wide provider network.

From April 2014, the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies is changing how it operates and the way that its member training providers are engaged. These new arrangements will allow organisations, for an annual fee, to engage directly with the Academy, (provided they meet the required quality criteria). It will enable the current training provider network to develop and build on the success of the existing hubs and spokes. As members, they will be able to take advantage of promotions, and a raised profile with local and national government, as well as use of the highly-recognised Academy brand to market and promote relevant provision.

The Academy continues to work alongside SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building services engineering and has the full support of the five stakeholder trade associations within the sector.*

Kevin Dowd, network operations manager, and Robyn Crewe, business and sales development manager, will be taking the Academy forward. Graham Manly, Chair of the Academy board said: “This is an exciting time for the low carbon and renewable energy skills arena. With the economy in recovery, businesses are now more optimistic about the future of the green agenda. With government programmes such as the Green Deal, Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the recent changes to competences within the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), there will be a growing amount of work for the Academy and its network of providers.”

For more information, visit: www.nsaet.org.uk

*Association of Plumbers and Heating Contractors (APHC), Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES), Excellence, Achievement and Learning Limited (EAL), Scotland‘s trade association for the electrical industry (SELECT) and Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation. (SNIPEF).

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies – The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has a nationwide, yet locally accessible, network, which has forged strong working relationships within the building services engineering sector. It standardises low carbon and renewable energy training in a way that has never been done before. Its training provision fully meets the requirements of the new Microgeneration Certification Scheme competency standards and provides a detailed framework for quality assurance of training provision and is the UK’s leading provider of quality low carbon training. The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of SummitSkills, a sector skills council for the building services engineering sector. For more information visit www.nsaet.org.uk

SummitSkills – SummitSkills is the sector skills council for building services engineering (BSE) – the electrotechnical, heating and ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration and plumbing industries. The organisation works with employers, their representatives and other stakeholders across the UK to identify skills and training issues affecting the workforce now and in the future. Together with government, training providers and other key partners we find ways to address these issues and make sure that our sector is equipped with the right skills at the right levels to be efficient and effective. For more information visit: www.summitskills.org.uk

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Kirsty Hammond

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