energy course

Blazing the trail for green energy

Somerset College and partners are blazing a trail in spreading the word about green energy.

A pilot training programme to help energy advisors educate the public about renewable technologies and energy saving, was recently launched at the College’s Genesis Centre in Taunton.

The South West Energy Advice pilot training programme is being run jointly by Somerset and Cornwall Colleges, and Asset Skills (the Sector Skills Council for Facilities Management and Property). It is funded through Universities South West with South West Regional Development Agency funding.

Thirty adult learners, all working and with backgrounds in energy assessment, attended the launch and initial training seminar at The Genesis Centre. The programme will then continue for six months with an innovative blend of online and face-to-face learning.

The programme is the first to offer a Level 3 certificate in Energy Advice with a Level 4 award in Renewable Technologies. It will equip learners to provide comprehensive energy advice and is set to offer a significant number of the skills required to meet new legislation emerging in the Government’s Green Deal. 

The South West Energy Advice programme will pave the way for similar projects in Wales and Northern Ireland over the coming months.

For further information about future training courses in the South West please contact Richard Harper, Environmental Technologies Manager at The Genesis Centre, Somerset College, on 01823 366759

Caption: Adult learners and trainers on the pilot energy advice programme.