Both Dudley and Stourbridge College are proud to announce they have been approved as founder hub members of the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies.
The Skills Academy will play a major role in transforming the ability for businesses in the building services engineering sector to access key training and skills in the design, installation and maintenance of environmental technologies.
SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering, is leading the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies on behalf of the sector. 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 ultimately the correct skills.
As hub members, both Colleges will lead a cluster of training providers to deliver high quality training that meets national occupational standard for existing environmental technologies and new technologies as they emerge.
Lowell Williams, Principal of Dudley College said: "We are delighted to join the National Skills Academy as a hub member, to deliver the new QCF 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."