Central to the project is the development of cutting-edge ‘Green Laboratories’ at eight college sites. These will offer access to pioneering training facilities, with a focus on low carbon and renewables including: Retrofitting, insulation technologies, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Electric Vehicle Charging Insulation.
These training laboratories are expected to be in operation from September 2023.
An employer board is being developed to ensure businesses can communicate their future skills needs – and work closely with colleges and local authorities to ensure these needs can be met.
Supporting the project are two teams of specialist green consultants.
Crystal Associates is working with each college in the partnership, looking at ways cutting-edge spaces can be developed and advising on specialised green skills course content, which will meet local demand.
Just Ask Scarlett is delivering executive training to each college to ensure that Green Skills planning is embedded into the curriculum. This will secure an effective skills pipeline across a wide range of sustainability initiatives to help meet the region’s current and future needs.
MCS is providing expert advice on qualifications and industry certification, ensuring there is consistent high-quality assurance for the green sector. This work is linking colleges with key industry employers, to offer staff knowledge exchange via (for example) employer placements.
They have provided green skills training and are building the green laboratories across 8 college sites.
The Green Skills sector is growing exponentially – with over 600,000 new jobs expected by 2030. Action is needed to ensure the right skills are being developed and supported to meet demand.
It is also crucial that people across the Local London region have access to the training needed to take advantage of the many, excellent career opportunities on offer in the green skills arena.