Renewable technology ambassadors join forces at Ecobuild

Renewable technology ambassadors join forces at Ecobuild

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies exhibited alongside the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) at Ecobuild, supporting the BPVA as its training partner.

This important union will help ensure existing and potential PV installers have access to industry leading courses that meet all current and future legislative requirements. As the voice of the industry, the BPVA is working to make solar PV a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Ensuring installers get appropriately trained is crucial to this remit.

‘Partnering with the BPVA is a significant step for the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies,’ said Cathryn Hickey, executive director for the Skills Academy. ‘As the voice of the photovoltaic industry their endorsement of our training provision is testament to the ongoing success of the Skills Academy’s mission: to deliver industry leading courses to businesses throughout the country which meet current and future legislation.

‘We were pleased to be exhibiting alongside the Association at Ecobuild, it gave us a great opportunity to meet a cross section of individuals and businesses involved in building services engineering; those interested in PV or any of the other renewable technologies we offer training for.’

Apart from solar photovotaics, through its network of providers, located nationwide, the Skills Academy delivers renewables and low carbon training in a range of technologies. These include solar thermal, heat pumps, grey water re-use and rainwater harvesting, with biomass, micro-combined heat and power (CHP), micro-wind and micro-hydro being introduced later in the year.

Through the Skills Academy there are technical courses for experienced BSE operatives, top-up and assessment only options for those who are already involved with renewables but don’t yet have the appropriate qualifications. For non-technical staff, such as the sales team, there is a Level 3 environmental awareness training, which is also embedded in all technical courses. All training is aligned to the MTC Minimum Technical Competence and Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) and so meets Competent Persons Schemes (CPS) requirements, including Microgeneration Certitification Scheme (MCS) criteria.

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies consists of 21 hubs, supported by 100 other spoke providers, located nationwide.

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