Energy bills rising!
Have you had a look at your energy bills lately? I am sure millions of homeowners across the country will be interested in any measures that could contribute to reducing energy bills provided the price is right.
The Government’s new initiative, Green Deal will provide energy efficient home improvement measures at affordable prices with no deposit to low income home owners. The government estimates around 26 Million households and 4.5Million businesses will benefit from Green Deal measures in an energy efficient market of over £8 Billion.
To have a share of the market, business employers will be required to operate in line with PAS 2030 (document published by the British Standards Institute) and be authorised Green Deal installers approved by a certified Competent Persons Scheme. Only authorised Green Deal installers will be eligible to display the Green Deal Quality Mark.
To be certified by a Competent Persons Scheme the business must demonstrate competency of their employee’s trade. For glazing installers a recognised qualification will satisfy these requirements. There are a number of glass qualifications related to Green Deal including Fenestration Levels 2 and 3, Surveying and Fenestration Level 3, for suppliers Fabrication Levels 2 and 3 and Manufacturing Level 2.
The cost is considerably higher in percentage of turnover for small businesses to put employees through qualifications compared to that of larger businesses. Fortunately, the government provides funding to training providers to help reduce the costs incurred by these businesses. For example, a business could receive as much as £2500 of financial support for the first 12 months of an apprentice’s employment.
So now is the time to be prepared and get ready for the opportunities available from the 1st October 2012.
CERTASS has recognised the need to help its membership through to achieving the Green Deal Quality Mark and has formed a partnership with 4GE Academy, a Nationwide Training Provider to deliver the relevant qualifications. All CERTASS members interested in being part of the government’s new initiative Green Deal will be invited to sign up with 4GE and follow the relevant qualification programme. The scheme has been launched this month and already interest is high. An added bonus to all CERTASS members joining the scheme will be the provision of CSCS cards for commercial applications.
4GE Academy is delighted to be part of this exciting period of change in the glass industry and has the resource necessary to meet the needs of Green Deal. Working closely with two awarding organisations;
1. GQA qualifications have been providing qualifications to the glass sector for over two decades.
2 . IQ, Industry Qualifications- a new, dynamic organisation with quality at the heart of its operation. IQ is unique in that it is the first mutual multi-sector awarding organisation in the UK and brings a growing range of glazing, training and managerial qualifications to the glass sector. To quote Raymond Clarke CEO, “The value of an awarding brand is dependent upon the integrity of its assessment process. We have sought to be best in class, and are committed to excellence in customer service, product quality and quality assurance with centres. We believe that the breadth, quality and pricing of the IQ offer will be highly attractive to the sector.”
Further details for editors:
Any enquiries regarding IQ contact Sallyann Baldry, Head of Business Development on 01952 457452 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Any enquiries regarding funding for apprenticeships and qualifications for window and door surveyors, installers and fabricators contact Neil Robinson at 4GE on - email@example.com