Six trailblazers, including Carillion, have been chosen to demonstrate how the industry can prepare for the skills needed to succeed under the Green Deal, while the FMB has launched a new certification scheme.
The Green Deal is a government programme to improve energy efficiency in properties where approved providers pay upfront for works, with the cost repaid long-term through the owners’ electricity bills.
Most providers so far are construction firms, housing associations or energy companies.
Bodies chosen by the Green Deal Skills Alliance, based on their workforce development plans, are:
The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities; Carillion; Kingfisher Group; Severn Wye Energy Agency in partnership with Stroud District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, South Gloucestershire Council, and Wiltshire Council; Scottish and Southern Electricity and Yorkshire Energy Services
The GDSA is an alliance of CITB-ConstructionSkills, the building services engineering industry skill body Summit Skills, and Asset Skills, which covers facilities management, housing, property, planning, cleaning and parking.
CITB-ConstructionSkills chief executive Mark Farrar said: “We are committed to helping the built environment sectors prepare and profit from the Green Deal scheme.
“The Green Deal is expected to create 65,000 jobs across the built environment for workers who possess the skills and gain accreditation.
“Our research indicates that many of the skills needed to deliver the work are already in the workforce, so for many people it will simply be a case of a minor upskill in order to get Green Deal accredited”.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Master Builders has launched FMB Certification, a registration and certification service that will offer Green Deal installer certification, a ‘competent person’ registration scheme and certification for microgeneration installers.
Those seeking work under the Green Deal must carry these accreditations as relevant. Processing of applications will start in September.
FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: “The Green Deal is an exciting prospect for the building industry and will create new business opportunities for a wide variety of trades.
“As the Green Deal takes off we expect certification to become a recognised mark of high quality service and workmanship among homeowners and other clients.”