Energy at Home Trade Support was a project which aimed to increase skills and promote the uptake of accreditation for installers of energy saving home improvements in the local area. The project ran between August 2014 until September 2015, funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Green Deal for Communities Fund, and was delivered on behalf of Bath & North East Somerset Council by Centre for Sustainable Energy and Low Carbon South West.
Trade Support identified accreditation schemes and courses that would benefit local tradespeople and the customers that they serve. It then publicised these courses and provided grants to local SMEs to subsidise course fees.
In just over a year, the Energy at Home Trade Support project:
Ran 15 events for local trade SMEs attended by 626 people
Advised 89 local trade SMEs with 59 receiving subsidised training
Provided 92 subsidised course places
Supported seven individual training organisations
Enabled accreditation of seven SMEs at PAS 2030 standard required for working within Green Deal and ECO schemes
Trade Support worked with a range of training providers and organisations including Bath College, Green Register, Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CORE), Buy With Confidence, Windhager, and Sustainable Building Solutions.
Write-ups of some of the 15 events that took place through Trade Support are available here: