A national training project for
Green Deal Assessors/Advisors is
now running, helping participants get ready for the launch of the Green Deal
in autumn this year.
This is part of the major spend promised by Government, aiming to pump-prime this innovative new scheme to retrofit, over time, all the energy inefficient homes and small business premises in the whole of the UK. Other support includes a £7 million loan to the Green Deal Finance Company, £200 million for an introductory offer to boost early take up, and free registration for Installers, Assessors/Advisors and Green Deal Providers with the oversight body.
Most of the subsidised places were provided to independent applicants in eleven regions in England, Wales and Scotland, to help create good coverage of the whole UK. Some places were offered via two non-regional routes, firstly to trainees working via Green Deal Providers and secondly to regional initiatives, such as local authorities, councils and community groups. According to the original bid information, 300 training places were offered in the Provider route, 100 to Regional Initiatives and 600 to the eleven regions.
In the regions, trainers had to bid to provide training in specific regions, and the successful bidders were allocated the contract for their region. In each region around 60 trainees, including 50 DEAs, were allocated places. A few places were offered for training as a non-domestic Green Deal advisor. A substantial subsidy of 70% of the full cost was offered to sole traders and SMEs, with smaller subsidies for larger companies. Details of the procurement process are available on Asset Skills’ website here
GDAA gains subsidised training for its members
One organisation that bid successfully for the non-regional support was the Green Deal Advisor Association (GDAA)
GDAA members can book onto small courses, with usually less than 12 learners, at several locations around the country. The training course provided is high quality ‘blended learning’, consisting of three one-day training sessions, a series of about 40 on-line distance learning modules, and an assessment day. This day includes role plays as part of the trainee’s assessment of competence, which must be done before their qualification can be awarded.
As well as the financial subsidy and the small number of trainees on each course, GDAA’s trainees also benefit from the reassurance that the trainer has agreed to the terms of Asset Skills’ offer, including
- providing training in line with the official Asset Skills syllabus
- using the Green Deal Skills Alliance train the trainer manuals provided by Asset Skills (the remote learning specifications are downloadable here and here and the face to face here)
- providing at least 1 day per month learner support either face to face, internet webinar or phone
- Attending Asset Skills’ training courses and information workshops
- providing monthly updates to Asset Skills
- contributing to the planning of Green Deal Advisor long term deployment in the regions in which they are training
Green Deal Advisor Association Consortium
The first GDAA trainees are expected to qualify in October, ready for the launch of Green Deal and the Green Deal Advisor Association Consortium.
The Consortium provides a route to market for the GDAA’s trainees, allowing them to benefit from the Consortium’s certification as a Green Deal Advice Organisation, and its registration as a Green Deal Assessor. DECC requires that all Green Deal Advisors hold these two registrations, so that all Green Deal assessment and advice is provided by persons trained, qualified and registered.
The Consortium offers a means by which independent Green Deal Advisors can work together, offering their services to Green Deal Providers, and to customers who prefer to instruct an independent Advisor.
Other options for GDA training
This “go early” project is not the only means of gaining the Green Deal Advisor qualification and there are many high quality training providers offering the Green Deal Advice course across Great Britain. If you would like to access a list of registered training providers please contact the following Awarding Bodies: ABBE, City & Guilds, EDI and SQA.