17 March 2014 - Lynn Sencicle

National Skills Academy restructures for future success

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies (NSAET) has restructured to ensure it remains a leading authority on environmental technologies and energy efficiency skills development.

Following the successful completion of its three-year funded programme from the Government's Skills Funding Agency and having been granted a continuation of the licence to operate as a National Skills Academy, the organisation will continue to deliver high quality training, assessment and qualifications through a UK-wide provider network.

From April 2014, the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies is changing how it operates and the way that its member training providers are engaged. The new arrangements will allow organisations, for an annual fee, to engage directly with the Academy, provided they meet the required quality criteria. It will enable the current training provider network to develop and build on the success of the existing hubs and spokes. As members, they will be able to take advantage of promotions and a raised profile with local and national government, as well as use of the highly-recognised Academy brand to market and promote relevant provision.

The Academy continues to work alongside SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building services engineering and has the full support of the five stakeholder trade associations within the sector -- Association of Plumbers and Heating Contractors (APHC), Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES), Excellence, Achievement and Learning Limited (EAL), Scotland's trade association for the electrical industry (SELECT) and Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation. (SNIPEF).

Network operations manager, Kevin Dowd, and Robyn Crewe, business and sales development manager, will be taking the Academy forward. Graham Manly, chair of the Academy board said: 'This is an exciting time for the low carbon and renewable energy skills arena. With the economy in recovery, businesses are now more optimistic about the future of the green agenda. With government programmes such as the Green Deal, Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the recent changes to competences within the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), there will be a growing amount of work for the Academy and its network of providers.'

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