CITB-ConstructionSkills has warned that small and medium sized (SME) contractors must act now to benefit from low carbon work, with the registration of Green Deal installers through certification bodies set to begin in just two weeks.
The call from the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board comes following approval of the Green Deal and ECO secondary legislation, passed this week by the House of Lords.
With the Government announcing that the schemes are on track for launch in October, CITB-ConstructionSkills Chief Executive Mark Farrar is urging SMEs to work with accreditation bodies as soon as possible to become registered as Green Deal installers, ready to win work through the scheme from January 2013.
Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, comments: “The Green Deal and ECO represent a huge opportunity for small and medium sized businesses to win work so long as they have acquired the right skills and qualifications. We have worked hard to ensure the training opportunities are in place for firms to upskill and get the qualifications they need to become Green Deal installers. It is now up to SMEs to make sure they are in a position to benefit.”
The Government has announced that from 8th August, the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body will begin registering assessors, providers and installers. From October, authorised and accredited assessors will be able to begin operating so consumers will be ready to complete a Green Deal Plan at the end of January. Green Deal authorised installers will be able to complete work for consumers prior to the end of January if paid for upfront or wholly supported by the Energy Company Obligation.
Mark Farrar continues: “With registration of Green Deal installers by certification bodies beginning in just two weeks, SMEs should already be working with a relevant body to become certified against the requirements of Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2030. Only those who complete this process will have the opportunity to win low carbon work under the Green Deal and ECO schemes.”
“Low carbon building is set to play an increasingly important role in the construction industry for many years to come and the time to prepare for the future is now. SMEs can use our Cut the Carbon campaign at www.cskills.org/cutcarbon to help them take action, for work under the Green Deal scheme and beyond.”
The Cut the Carbon campaign was launched in October 2010 by a partnership between CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) to help SMEs prepare for the construction industry’s low carbon future through skills and knowledge.
The Cut the Carbon portal – www.cskills.org/cutcarbon – offers guidance and advice on winning low carbon work, as well as details of training and qualifications, case studies and the latest information on policy and legislative changes.