The main purpose of this framework is to ensure that new people in the industry and the job role are qualified to implement the government’s new policy on domestic green deal advice. It is envisaged that new pathways will be created in the future based on new energy assessment and advice competency qualifications to fit different job roles.
Green Deal is the British government’s initiative that aims to encourage homeowners to install energy-efficient devices within their homes. Green Deal is based on the principle that many energy efficiency-related changes to properties pay for themselves. Households will be able to obtain finance to fund appropriate energy efficiency measures through the Green Deal, which will be paid back through the savings on fuel bills resulting from their installation.
At a national level, the UK needs to become more energy efficient to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Change Act 2008 legislated for a reduction in our carbon emissions of 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. It set legally binding carbon targets for the UK for the next twelve years across all sectors of the economy, including homes, communities, and workplaces. To help meet the carbon targets there is a need to make our buildings more energy-efficient, and use heat and power from low carbon sources. To ensure that real savings can be made, the energy-saving measures recommended for properties will need to be both appropriate to the age and construction of the property and correctly installed. At a local level, the Green Deal will enable many households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties without consuming as much energy and wasting so much money.
Research undertaken by Pye Tait consulting (January 2012) indicated that the Green Deal is expected to offer scope for job creation as well as the safeguarding of existing energy assessor jobs. The government predicts that the energy supply chain could support 100,000 jobs, throughout the UK, within five years.
Green Deal Advisors will work for utility companies, facilities management companies, Green Deal providers, and consultancy businesses. The Level 3 Diploma in Green Deal Advice covers both energy assessment and advice and the financing aspects of the Green Deal.
Future competencies required by the sector include:
- Development of energy assessment and advice technical skills;
- Development of softer skills and behaviours such as communication, sales, and customer service;
- Technical knowledge – understanding the ‘hierarchy’ of energy efficiency measures and of renewables technology;
- Multi-skilling the workforce – consumers will expect one person to be able to answer and deal with their questions;
- Keeping up to date with changing legislation such as the Feed-In-Tariffs and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
Energy Assessment and advice is a new sector and therefore there has not been a traditional route into the sector. Employers have been involved with the design of the qualifications in this framework which will develop the critical skills required within the sector, the framework also meets the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales and contributes towards meeting the skills priorities for Wales.
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