Scotland consults on skills requirements for zero emissions

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The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes.

The recently published draft Heat in Buildings Strategy sets out a vision for decarbonising heat and reducing energy demand across all buildings in Scotland. According to the Scottish Government, this vision can only be achieved if there is a robust supply chain in place with the necessary skills to deliver.

Developing Scottish specific skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks is important, as the current skills landscape can be fragmented, open to interpretation and is often provided by non-accredited training providers.

Furthermore, the development of Scottish skills requirements will help both professionalise services in the sector and provide career pathways, particularly for young people.

This consultation sets out Scottish Government proposals for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat network skills requirements.

Whilst the primary focus is on retrofit work for homes, some of these skill requirements are believed to also be relevant for new-build housing and in certain circumstances non-domestic buildings.

These requirements relate to retrofit installers, energy assessors, designers, advisors, evaluators and retrofit coordinators.

Once implemented, these skills requirements will create a best practice standard for the sector, and will be a minimum requirement for Scottish Government-supported programmes.

This consultation, which closes on 30th of April, seeks views on both the proposals and their implementation.

More information about this consultation and how to take part is available on the Scottish Government website.