In preparation for the launch of Government’s flagship energy policy the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies is expanding its training portfolio to offer courses on the Green Deal.

Due to be rolled out in October this year, the Green Deal will require installers to have new key skills and competencies. The NSAET will cater for this requirement, including sessions on building insulation, consumer awareness, energy efficiency, energy assessment, energy advice, and underpinning business and management skills.

Cathryn Hickey, Executive Director of the Skills Academy, said: “Many employers who support and use the Skills Academy will be working across the range of Green Deal measures. They believe it is necessary to expand training provision to deliver all of the skills and competences to support Green Deal and the low carbon agenda.

“By having a comprehensive training offering through the Skills Academy, building services and construction employers can be confident that the appropriate support infrastructure is in place for them to take advantage of the market when the Green Deal is launched this autumn.”

Government will fund all registration and oversights costs associated with the Green Deal for two years from October 2012. Official Green Deal approval will therefore be free for installers, assessors and council providers during this period.

The NSAET Green Deal qualification will be added the centre’s core training courses available in solar thermal, solar PV and other renewable technologies.