ECA Energy and Emerging Technologies Solutions Advisor Luke Osborne joined a panel of industry sustainability experts to address the zero-carbon skills gap in construction.
In a feature published today in Construction Manager magazine, Luke said, “Construction employers should understand the gravity of the situation ahead of us and the fact that each and every part of the industry will need to play its part.
“Having an awareness of the direction of travel and the scope of works to be installed will be essential. Workers should be supported through relevant training and qualifications needed to deliver the works.
“The obvious are things such as heat pump and EV chargepoint installation training – but there are many more things to consider. Smart controls, building automation and control systems (BACS) and energy storage will also be key players.
“The biggest issue is in ensuring that there isn’t a sudden knee-jerk reaction leading to the creation of numerous courses that do not actually address the requirements. It is important for industry to work together with education providers on relevant content and a commonality of standards. Existing apprenticeships should be re-evaluated and new skills and requirements incorporated.”
ECA has published guidance of its Members to make a green pivot and enable their businesses to meet the growing demand for greener installations. Learn more here.