The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has opened its first centres in Wales. Located at Llandrillo and Neath Port Talbot Colleges, the centres will support renewable installers in the North and South of the country.

The Wales-based academy runs training on solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technology, heat pumps and grey/rainwater harvesting and recycling as well as providing a Level 3 environmental awareness qualification, which is embedded in its technical training. This award is also available as a stand-alone unit for sales or customer service team members.

“It has always been our mission to ensure that every installer in the UK has access to industry-leading environmental technologies training in a location close to their business,” said Executive Director for the Skills Academy, Cathryn Hickey.

“These new centres in Wales are a key milestone in the Skills Academy’s development, bringing the total number of hub colleges up to 23 and helping even more of Britain’s building services professionals take advantage of the opportunities presented by this growth area of the industry.”

All training is mapped to National Occupational Standards (NOS) and meets existing and future legislative requirements.