Domestic & Commercial Electrical Contractors, NICEIC Approved Electricians, Data Cable Networks
Electrical companies are being urged to evolve and widen their skill sets, in the current climate for developing greener technologies. The UK has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and the Joint Industry Board [JIB] believes there are opportunities to be seized. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in 2020 a £3bn boost to the UK green economy to concentrate on decarbonising buildings and new systems to lower energy bills.
The government pledged a further £6.7bn recently to support the sector in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. The government’s Energy White Paper announced plans to support up to 220,000 British jobs in the green sector. A greener, increasingly sustainable energy network will be created in the UK. This will see the utilisation of electric cars and other vehicles etc, solar photovoltaics and battery storage.
Electrotechnical operatives are encouraged to embrace continued professional development. JIB is hoping companies will take advantage of their Skills Development Fund. The fund offers financial assistance to those wishing to embark on courses or training in the electrical industry. This type of eligible course includes Solar Photovoltaic Installation and Maintenance, Electric Vehicle Charging Point Installation (City & Guilds 2919-01) and ONC/HNC/Degree courses in sustainable engineering.
Head of Growth at the JIB and ECS, Andy Reakes said: “Once Covid-19 has been dealt with there will be a real move to set our attention again on Net-Zero by 2050 and climate change. The Energy White Paper is another example of the microgeneration and environmental market receiving further Government support into 2021.
“For companies looking to capitalise and move into new markets, the JIB Skills Development Fund can help to upskill their workforce and diversify into new and emerging technologies. If your company has been forced to reduce numbers in the workforce, it is open to those who have been made redundant. Also if you or a colleague would benefit from a helping hand to upskill, the fund may be able to provide grants to help those unemployed re-enter the workforce.”
Design & Installation of Store Lighting, Additional Lights & Sockets, Internal & External LED Installations