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Gateshead College to train 'green deal' energy advisors


GATESHEAD College is among the first North East training providers to win a share of a new £1m Government initiative to boost the skills of people who provide advice on making property more energy efficient.

The £75,000 contract will see the college, which was awarded the work due to its low-carbon credentials, training dozens of people between now and the end of the year to become newly-qualified Green Deal energy assessors as part of the Government’s new flagship scheme.
Launching later on this year, Green Deal aims to renovate millions of draughty, energy inefficient homes and commercial premises across the country.
However, no one will be able to participate in the scheme without their property first being assessed and recommendations agreed which will reduce energy waste.
Any assessments and advice will have to be provided by qualified and authorised Green Deal assessors, including the new domestic energy assessment qualification currently being written by City & Guilds and ABBE (Awarding Body for the Built Environment).
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has earmarked £1m to fund assessor training and appointed Asset Skills – the sector skills council for facilities management, housing, property, planning, cleaning and parking – to manage the project and place contracts.
The Government wants to have 1,000 newly qualified assessors in place by the end of the year
Already a number of local authorities across the country have committed themselves to the scheme after they agreed to employ 100 assessors.
Gateshead College will train 60 assessors at its Skills Academy for Construction in the Team Valley.
Paul Gough, commercial operations manager at Gateshead College, said: “The contract win is a major coup for us and fits within our green employability agenda.”
He added: “We already have a track record in energy assessment training so we were able to demonstrate sector knowledge, clear expertise and success in the sector to secure the Green Deal work.”

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