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Renewable heat training forum planned

A national forum that will address best practice and quality assurance of renewable heat training is to be launched by SummitSkills.

Designed to enhance the skills infrastructure underpinning the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), it will comprise MCS/installer representatives, industry bodies, qualifications regulators and training providers.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has appointed SummitSkills to lead the forum, bring together its members and oversee its work.

A series of core objectives have been set, which include: encouraging standardisation of training materials and courses; introducing “train the trainer” and “master trainer” resources; driving continuous improvement; and developing a quality assurance process for renewable heat training.

In addition to establishing the training forum, SummitSkills has also been commissioned to assess how renewable heat installer training might be affected by the recently proposed changes to the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

“We’re delighted to be carrying out this important project to generate long-term sustainability of the renewable heat skills and training market,” said SummitSkills general manager Nigel Hollett.

“By carrying out this work we can help to ensure that standards are established and the quality of training available is maintained to deliver a competent renewable heat workforce to meet domestic RHI demand.”

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