A recently signed partnership between the Joint Industry Board (JIB) and the National Skills Academy (NSA) means that all Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) cardholders training for Environmental Technologies can now be endorsed with renewables skills.

Under the arrangement, ECS gold card holders will be able to prove they have the base electrical competence to up-skill in technologies such as solar photovoltaics. 

Once the course has been successfully completed, their card can be endorsed with the new qualifications and the Skills Academy logo.

“Gaining the right skills in environmental technologies is absolutely vital if electrical contractors are to take full advantage of the low carbon market,” said Steve Brawley, Chief Executive of the JIB.

“There is no room for sub-standard workmanship in this fast-growing area, so we are delighted to be joining forces with the National Skills Academy in order to promote competence and encourage ECS card holders to gain industry-recognised skills in renewables.”

“We know that ECS gold card holders are already fully competent and can up-skill in environmental technologies very quickly in order to seize new business opportunities,” said Cathryn Hickey, Executive Director of the Skills Academy.

“Clients and consumers who see the Skills Academy logo on the ECS gold card can be assured that this represents both quality and skills in the cardholder.”