The expansion of our training portfolio took another huge stride earlier this month, when our London Academy of Sustainable Construction (LASC) in Waltham Forest, took delivery of its first piece of state of the art energy efficient low carbon equipment.
The Air-source Heat Pump technology will be used to kit out our new training workshop as part of the green energy skills hub, and was provided by Cool Energy, a market leading UK manufacturer of Air Source Heat Pumps and renewable energy solutions, as our product partners. Cool Energy will provide the specialist equipment and technical support for our Tutors, Learners and Employers, as the training hub seeks to upskill Londoners in green energy systems installation.
The green energy skills hub courses are being developed at LASC as part of the Green Energy Skills Training Alliance (GESTA), a joint initiative between London Borough of Waltham Forest Council, Waltham Forest College, and SIMIAN. The training is planned to meet the skills need for the installation and maintenance of energy efficiency technology for new build construction and the retrofit of existing properties.
Neil Bewick, Centre Manager at LASC said:
“This delivery marks a significant step forward for the development of our Green Energy Skills Training at the London Academy of Sustainable Construction here in Waltham Forest. Air source heat pump technology is a low carbon heating option for both new build construction and retrofit of existing social housing and private properties. We are keen to support the emergence of this energy efficient technology by providing skills training for installers not only in the borough of Waltham Forest but the wider pan-London and southeast region.”
Keith Butters, Business Development Manager at Cool Energy, said:
“We are proud to be working in partnership with SIMIAN at LASC, we are keen to help develop and train the upcoming engineers of the future on our products. This marks the first step in helping to improve the understanding and development of not only our products but to also start to implement the Green Renewable technologies available in this country to help meet the Government targets of the future.”
Tim Gibbs, newly appointed Quality and Curriculum Director at SIMIAN, said:
“We are committed to expanding our curriculum and a big part of that is the promotion and support of sustainability. Our ambitious development of the latest technological facilities and provision will provide for the next generation of skills, as part of the UK’s commitment to a Green Industrial Revolution.”
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