Somerset College to be new skills hub

The Genesis Centre at Somerset College has been approved as a founder hub member of the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies.

The Skills Academy will play a major role in transforming the building services engineering sector’s ability to access key training and skills in the design, installation and maintenance of environmental technologies.

The Genesis Centre at Somerset College will lead a group of seven other partners providing training, known as cluster members. This will be one of only three such hubs in the South West and 12 nationally.

Environmental technologies are becoming a key priority for employers in the sector so that the UK can meet its low carbon targets.  As a result, the Skills Academy will ensure that learners have the correct training, qualifications and skills.

SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering, is leading the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies on behalf of the sector. 

As a hub member, Somerset College will lead the cluster of public and private training providers, including City of Bristol College, City College Plymouth, Weymouth College, Gloucester College, Nu-Heat Limited, P & R Hurt Limited and PETROC. They will deliver high quality training that meets national occupational standards for existing environmental technologies and new technologies as they emerge.

Rachel Davies, Principal of Somerset College, said: “We are delighted to join the National Skills Academy as a hub member, to deliver the new accredited qualifications in environmental technologies across the sector.

“Up-skilling in green technologies is vital to future jobs and employment in the sector.  Leading the cluster of training providers in our region for the Skills Academy will ensure as the lead hub, we play a key role in developing the skills capabilities of the sector and help promote the green agenda to consumers.”

Keith Marshall OBE, Chief Executive of SummitSkills said: “Environmental technologies are becoming more and more popular in order for the Government to meet its commitments to the low carbon agenda.  It is vitally important for the sector that employees are able to access the training they need to install and maintain renewable and environmental technologies.

“Working in partnership with our new hub and cluster members, we can ensure that employers have access to high quality skills training in environmental technologies and we can work as a trailblazer for green skills.”

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies is currently in the business planning stage and is due to be formally approved by the Skills Funding Agency in January 2011. Training courses will start being rolled out from January.

Caption: The Genesis Centre at Somerset College