We were pleased to hold an event on 26th March 2014 at Norton Radstock college for businesses wishing to find our about opportunities in the retrofit sector including training, funding and tendering opportunities.
The event was run in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council. Delegates heard presentations from various speakers, and learned about the funding and training opportunities available to help them take advantage of the opportunities in the green sector.
Sara Grimes, Corporate Sustainability Officer, B&NES Council gave a presentation on the Council's research that underpins the emerging sustainable energy strategy and its targets. The 45% cuts in carbon emissions that the council has committed to achieve are ambitious and it's keen to explore all their options for meeting them. Sara also touched on the B&NES Council's Energy@Home initiative which promotes energy efficiency, better heating and use of renewable energy in B&NES. They will soon be tendering for partners to run an Advice Service and to deliver retrofit objectives so potential suppliers are urged to ensure they are signed up to www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk where full information will appear soon. You can see Sara's presentation here
Olly Frankland of Regen SW, introduced the Ready for Retrofit programme, whereby £1000 vouchers are available to companies who wish to undertake training to get ahead in the retrofit sector. Olly also gave an overview of the performance of the Green Deal so far, and the relationship with other government initiatives such as ECO (The Energy Company Obligation)
More information is available in Olly's Prezi presentation
Pearl Mills of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership skills team explained the LEP's remit to help ensure they build skills to create jobs in the region, and the low carbon sector is a key focus. She outlined the match funding that is currently available to employers for taking on apprentices or interns.
See Pearl's presentation here
Martin Reeves is Senior Curriculum Lead for Construction at Norton Radstock College. He set out the opportunities for businesses offered by the College to improve their knowledge and skills in construction and retrofit activities.
The College is willing and able to be very flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of businesses in terms of courses, content and timetabling. Martin is keen to have dialogue with businesses to ensure that the College is meeting their needs for adult learners.
Martin's slides are here
The delegates were also taken on a tour of the college's model home, (right) which has proved an invaluable learning tool in the development of the green cirriculum. The home is being built by students on various courses and is a great way of illustrating the interconnectivity the trades as they apply sustainability principles as a cross cutting theme.
Finally, Amy Robinson, Network Director, Low Carbon South West, spoke about the West of England Carbon Challenge and the benefits to be gained by companies taking a look at their energy, transport and efficiency costs and committing themselves to making improvements.
See Amy's Presentation here
Thank you to all the delegates who attended and to Norton Radstock College for hosting the event.
For more information on the courses the college offers, please see http://www.nortcoll.ac.uk/