Energy Assessment & Advice (SASW)

Role Profile

The main purpose of this framework is to ensure that individuals in the role are qualified to implement the government's Green Deal policy. New pathways will be created based on new energy assessment and advice competency qualifications.
 
Green Deal is the British government’s initiative that aims to encourage homeowners to install energy-efficient devices within their homes. Green Deal is based on the principle that many energy efficiency-related changes to properties pay for themselves. Households will be able to obtain finance to fund appropriate energy efficiency measures through the Green Deal, which will be paid back through the savings on fuel bills resulting from their installation.
 
At a national level, the UK needs to become more energy efficient to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. To help meet the carbon targets there is a need to make our buildings more energy-efficient, and use heat and power from low carbon sources. The energy-saving measures will need to be both appropriate to the age and construction of the property and correctly installed.
 
At a local level, the Green Deal will enable many households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties without consuming as much energy and wasting so much money.

Energy Assessment & Advice (SASW) Framework

Green Deal Advisors will work for utility companies, facilities management companies, Green Deal providers, and consultancy businesses. The Level 3 Diploma in Green Deal Advice covers both energy assessment and advice and the financing aspects of the Green Deal.
 
Future competencies required by the sector include:
  • Development of energy assessment and advice technical skills
  • Development of softer skills and behaviours such as communication, sales, and customer service
  • Technical understanding of the ‘hierarchy’ of energy efficiency measures and of renewables technology
  • Multiskilled workforce, as consumers expect one person to answer and deal with their questions
  • Keeping up to date with changing legislation such as the Feed-In-Tariffs and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
Energy Assessment & Advice is a new sector and has no traditional entry route. Employers have been involved with the design of the qualifications in this framework, which will develop the critical skills required within the sector.
 
The framework also meets the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales (SASW) and contributes towards meeting the skills priorities for Wales.

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