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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.

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4 July 2011


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