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Environmental technologies training initiative unveiled

Photovoltaic panels

SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for the building services engineering sector, has announced a successful joint investment programme bid for the implementation and delivery of environmental technology training.

It has lined up more than 130 businesses in the sector to benefit from 50% funding, from the SFA grant of approximately £320,000, toward the cost of identified environmental technologies training that will take place before 31 July 2011.

The courses will deliver upskilling to level 3 awards in solar thermal systems, heat pump systems, solar photovoltaic systems and water recycling systems, it states.

The programme, first announced in Skills for Growth, is designed to combine public and private investment to support skills development in areas key to economic recovery and future growth.

It offers ring-fenced funding to buy the skills employers need, with the provider they choose.

The programme will support employers in the building services engineering sector to take advantage of business opportunities in environmental technologies through accredited training.

 Employers will be given an upfront commitment of funding to match their own investment, supporting the specific skills needs of their workforce.

Existing apprentices in an appropriate job function will also be eligible as part of an additional pathway within their Advanced Apprenticeship Framework Agreement.

Skills Minister John Hayes, said: “We need to support the demand for technical skills in order to ensure that British businesses can succeed and take advantage of opportunities for growth.

“The joint investment between Government and business shows that we are working together to develop and deliver the skills needed in areas such as advanced manufacturing and the low carbon economy.

“This is also an excellent example of employers committing to Apprenticeships at Levels 3 and 4 as a way to create and train the modern workforce they need.”