Know what you want? Try our 'Supplier Directory' 

SummitSkills drives UK skills agenda

The Annual Review for 2010/2011 from SummitSkills shows the impact the sector skills council has had for the building services engineering sector.
SummitSkills introduced more flexible qualifications along with new apprenticeship frameworks and reflected the skills that employers in the building services engineering (BSE) sector need from their employees.

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies received Government approval in 2010-11 and is developing a network of approved training providers giving access to accredited training courses in environmental technologies. These routes to training along with both the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and National Occupational Standards (NOS), will enable BSE employers to play a key role in achieving the country's carbon emission reduction targets.

SummitSkills chief executive Keith Marshall commented: 'It was a busy year and alongside our partners SummitSkills is continuing to work hard, leading the way in developing our people, so we can achieve the best possible outcomes for the sector. This ethos reflects the commitment and drive evident in so many of the sector's employers.'

SummitSkills worked closely with employers and training providers to create 900 training and development opportunities, accessing the Government's Joint Investment Programme to enable employers to benefit from up to 50 per cent funding towards training costs.

The organisation also took part in consultations including the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' Meeting the Low Carbon Skills Challenge, the new Microgeneration Strategy for England with the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Scottish Government's consultations on Micro-wind and air source heat pumps and the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

Follow HVROnlineEditor on Twitter
4 July 2011


Already Registered?
Not Yet Registered?

Insulating EU homes could reduce energy demand by 44%

A new study released by Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) shows that improving the insulation of existing residential buildings in the EU would significantly contribute to securing the bloc’s energy independence and achieving he EU target of reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

Improved insulation of EU residential buildings would result in a reduction of energy demand for heating in buildings by 777 TWh, or 44% compared to 2020: 46% in gas savings, 44% in heating oil savings and 48% in coal savings.


Hot water for healthcare

Recent research by the University of Exeter sets out the scale of the challenge the NHS faces if it is to achieve sustainability targets set under the government’s net zero plan by 2040, a full decade ahead of the wider commercial sector....


If you need to open a Solenoid Valve manually, you need a SVOM!

If you need to open a Solenoid Valve manually, you need a SVOM!
Heating & Ventilating Review is the number one magazine in the HVAR industry. Don’t miss out, subscribe today!
Subcribe to HVR