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by mel starrs on March 20, 2007

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Some cosmic vibes must have been passing my way when I posted this (8 March).  An email landed in the inbox this week to let me know that on the 7 March:

SummitSkills completed Stage 1 of its Sector Skills Agreement ‘Horizon’ project last week with a prestigious and creative conference that informed delegates of progress to date and gathered views on how to move forwards.

Held on 07 March at One Great George Street in Westminster, representatives from all four countries of the UK attended the event to hear key research findings from Dr Mike Hammond. A major issue affecting the sector is the impending surge in the specification of environmental technologies and the UK’s lack of skills to install and maintain this equipment.

More details on the day can be found here.  The problems the building services industry faces include:

  • Increased demand for green technologies are stretching our already stretched resources, in terms of skills and training
  • Lack of strategic business planning by firms in the sector
  • Encouraging recruitment and training

A little more information on the Sector Skills Agreement too:

A Sector Skills Agreement is ultimately a deal between employers, training providers and government. Employers lay out what their workforce and skills requirements are now and in the future. In return, the government and providers agree to fund and deliver training tailored to this need, within government policy, providing employers are also willing to make a commitment.