Green Deal Code will tackle unqualified engineers

Published:  13 June, 2011

LONDON: Householders wanting to take up loans for improvements under the Green Deal must use approved installers for any work to qualify.

SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the building services engineering sector, is currently working on identifying which qualifications will be needed to enable plumbers and heating engineers to become the champions of the home energy efficiency measures included in the Green Deal.

Chief executive Keith Marshall said: "Our experience unfortunately shows that there is likely to be a plethora of organisations trying to offer traders below-standard training to cash in on the extra interest generated by the Government's Green Deal announcement and the extra demand that it will create for renewable technologies like solar panels and ground and airsource heat pumps.

"To help businesses acquire these skills and understand the myriad policy and regulatory changes linked to carbon reduction, CITB-ConstructionSkills is running the 'Cut the Carbon' campaign, a partnership between CITB-ConstructionSkills, the National Specialist Contractors Council and the Federation of Master Builders.

The campaign supports small businesses in understanding what the new carbon legislation will mean for them and equipping them with a tangible mix of knowledge and skills to respond to increased client demand.

Mark Farrar, chief executive, CITB-ConstructionSkills, said that any contractors that wish to reap the economic rewards of this massive retrofit programme will need to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to take part.

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