“Engineers and installers have rarely felt confi dent
enough to consider spending time and money training
on technologies that have continually failed to spark
interest from homeowners to warrant the investment”
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Renewables first for the UK could
eliminate sector’s skills shortage
A National Audit Offi ce (NAO)
report has confi rmed – what
many had expected – that the
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
‘has not achieved value for money’.
Take up of the scheme has been ‘much
lower than anticipated’, delivering just
78,048 new installations in Great Britain to
the end of 2017 – at a cost of £1.4 billion.
The NAO estimate that at this current
rate, the RHI will achieve around 110,000
new installations by March 2021 – just
22% of the original 513,000 target.
Take up has been extremely poor, since
the scheme’s launch four years ago, which
is largely due to the high upfront cost of
installing renewable heating technologies.
However, another negative surrounding
the installation of the likes of solar panels,
biomass and heat pumps has been the lack
of interest from those expected to fi t them.
Engineers and installers have rarely felt
confi dent enough to consider spending time
and money training on technologies that
have continually failed to spark interest from
homeowners to warrant the investment.
While the older, more experienced
installer may not want to change
the habits of a lifetime, the younger
generation, who want the option to
specialise in renewables and enjoy the
boost in profi ts should things take off,
have been given some welcome news.
The UK’s fi rst renewable energy training
facility at the Energy Centre at Berkshire
College of Agriculture has offi cially opened.
technical education and skills
training in renewable energy is key to
addressing this, and to reducing the
country’s reliance on fossil fuels.
While the renewable energy sector
offers sustainable employment, it currently
lacks accredited training and skills.
By widening access to training, the
skills shortage may be eliminated and the
UK – which has been allocated a target to
increase the proportion of its renewable
energy use to 15% by 2020 – may have a
more realistic chance of doing just that.
Tim Wood, editor
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The facility, pioneered by biomass
company, LC Energy, is seen as an
important fi rst step in addressing
the signifi cant skills shortage in the
renewable energy sector in the UK.
Courses will enable – for the fi rst time
– students aged between 16 and 19 – to
gain accredited technical qualifi cations
in renewable energy, marking a key
development in delivering the skills
required by employers to help the UK
meet its renewable energy targets.
LC Energy believes that extending
access to approved and accredited