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Many Skills One Vision Conference

On the 15th June, we exhibited at the Many Skills: One Vision Conference, which focused on the Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy recently launched by The Energy & Utilities Partnership. Held by the National Skills Academy for Power at St George’s Park in Burton on Trent, in the evening, there was an award ceremony - The People of Power Awards - celebrating the best young talent entering the sector.

 

Still a way to go with Smart Meter targets

The clock is ticking away on the smart meter roll-out and there's still a lot of work to be done if energy suppliers are to meet government targets.

All homes and small business sites will be offered smart meters by their energy company between now and the end of 2020.  

Keeping up to date with modern heating and hot water systems

Energy efficiency is a big buzz at the moment and rightly so in today's climate where money and resources should not be wasted. The Building Controls Association (BCIA) is encouraging both the current and next generation to invest in training, to ensure that the building services industry continues to keep pace with developments and new technologies in this exciting area. 

Research by the Gas Safety Register highlights the dangers of employing unregistered gas engineers

It's shocking to think that almost five million people in the UK are putting themselves and their families at risk by employing illegal gas engineers who aren't properly qualified to do the job.

Recent figures based on research by the Gas Safety Register, following four years of investigations into unqualified and unregistered gas fitters, showed that 65% of jobs carried out by illegal fitters were unsafe and that one in five of the appliances they fitted were so dangerous that immediate disconnection was required.

 

Energy Company Obligation scheme reforms

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme is entering a period of change with an increased focus on low-income and vulnerable homes.

As from April 2017, energy companies will be required to provide more help to struggling households, including free energy efficiency measures to make their homes warmer and bring their bills down.  The decision comes following the results of the “ECO: Help to Heat” consultation, which ran from July to August 2016.  

Round up of The Each Home Counts Bonfield Review

The long-awaited Each Home Counts - Bonfield Review was published in December 2016, an independent report which looks at how to improve energy efficiency, and encourage uptake of renewables in the UK.

APHC offers training rewards for plumbing and heating companie

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is offering 100 plumbing and heating companies the chance to claim a £150 training reward through its sister company, educational charity APHC (Training).

 

BEIS publishes RHI consultation response

The government has published its long-awaited response to the recent consultation on the future of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which offers financial support and incentives for low-carbon heating technologies in domestic UK properties.

Several major changes were proposed by the consultation, with the scheme due for reform in April 2017.  

BEIS Future of Heat Consultation installer views needed

The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial strategy (BEIS) released a new consultation last week looking at how boiler installation regulations could be improved. 

With the help of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), BEIS are hoping to engage directly with installers through a short and easy-to-complete survey.

Robinsons UK Technical Training Academy is Logic Certified

A brand new training centre has been approved to deliver Logic Certification accredited courses. 

Robinson’s UK is a family run technical training academy offering over 20 years of industry and educational expertise covering all aspects of the heating and electrical sectors, including gas, oil, solid fuel and biomass.  

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