DECC - regional delivery of Green Deal Adviser training: West Midlands

As a member of the Energy Advice Training Consortium (EATC), we were part of a team (led by Alan Pither Ltd) that delivered domestic and non-domestic Green Deal Adviser training to SMEs in the West Midlands and the South West.

In 2012, Asset Skills (the sector skills council responsible for the built environment) were commissioned by DECC to manage the delivery of the training and qualification of both domestic and non-domestic Green Deal Advisers. This was with a view to ensuring that a sufficient number of 'go-early' qualified and certificated Green Deal Advisers were available when the Green Deal was launched in 2013.

The EATC developed both online and face-to-face training materials for both domestic and non-domestic Green Deal Advisers and delivered a number of training courses across the West Midlands.  Thanks to the funding available via Asset Skills this was offered to SMEs in the region at a subsidised price.

The EATC successfully delivered training to 45 domestic and 14 non-domestic Green Deal Advisers. The project was challenging as it was being delivered at the same time as Government guidance on the operation of the Green Deal was still being developed. Some delegates found the uncertainty surrounding the Green Deal at the time difficult to cope with and this affected their motivation to complete all the course work required.