The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

Sustainable Energy

The building services engineering sector has a major role to play in meeting the carbon reduction targets set by Government.

Reducing emissions, lowering energy consumption and conserving water cannot be achieved unless this sector designs, installs and maintains renewable and environmental technologies, and provides the best advice to customers.

There’s a huge challenge ahead for employers to have the right skills in place to adapt and respond to new system designs and working practices.


Green Skills Alliance 

SummitSkills is working in partnership with other sector skills councils in the built environment Asset Skills and CITB-ConstructionSkills to lay firm foundations for Green Deal, described by Climate Change Minister Greg Barker as the Government’s “game changer”, which will improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes and businesses.

The Green Skills Alliance (GSA) is focusing on the training and development needs of operatives working within the built environment. The GSA has come together with the aim of developing and delivering a plan of action to provide a skilled workforce, armed with the knowledge and technical expertise required to help the Green Deal deliver on its potential.

Our shared vision is to enable those working in the built environment to take advantage of opportunities presented by the Green Deal and to help meet the predicted demand that it will generate. We are working with employers and their representative organisations and have developed a Green Deal Competency Framework - an integrated portfolio of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and qualifications to identify the standards of work and knowledge required to become an energy assessor, advisor or installer.

Find out more about the work of the Green Skills Alliance here.


National Skills Academy for Environment Technologies

At the heart of skills development for tomorrow's low carbon workforce is the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies, set up by SummitSkills in spring 2011.  It is transforming the way the sector plans, develops and delivers renewable and environmental technology skills.


Low Carbon Buildings and Homes report - free download

SummitSkills has worked with the Zero Carbon Hub to produce an easy-to-follow guide to help businesses take advantage of opportunities in the move to low and zero carbon buildings. The report – Low Carbon Buildings and Homes: Skills and Opportunities – will be a useful guide for any businesses operating in the wider built environment sector. It covers the key points of changes to the Zero Carbon Homes definition, Parts L, F and J of the Building Regulations, the Feed-In-Tariff, the Renewable Heat Incentive, the Green Deal, the Code for Sustainable Homes, the new National Planning Policy Framework and where this leaves existing local plans.

The report costs £10 in hard copy but can be downloaded for you to print on your own printer free of charge here.


SummitSkills Environmental Strategy 2010-2013

SummitSkills has published its environmental strategy document through to 2013.  This document describes how SummitSkills will be working on behalf of the sector to capture and exploit opportunities to help the UK move towards a low carbon future.



Further reading:
Information for employers
Information for stakeholders
Information for consumers

Case study: Click here to find out how environmental technologies have been used in practice by Green Directions.



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