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Increased activity expected from Green Deal HIF

The recent additions to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has led the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies to expect more demand for its training courses.

The updates to the Green Deal have received a positive response from a number of industry experts, many of whom state the scheme is now more attractive to consumers and has also become easier for installer companies of all sizes to engage with.

Network operations manager Kevin Dowd, said: “With up to £7,600 in cash back available to homeowners who carry out Green Deal energy efficiency improvements, available from June, it seems probable that interest in this scheme will increase, creating a greater demand for Green Deal Assessors and Installers.

“For those operatives that may have been put off by the need to up-skill in new disciplines, training, part of the process of meeting the Green Deal Quality Mark, does not have to be an arduous task for candidates who already possess relevant experience.”

Mr Dowd also said that both installers and assessors have an important part to play in educating customers and advising of the various benefits of the Green Deal, as well as the Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-in Tariff, where appropriate.