Quantum praised in green skills gap report to DfE

The Quantum Group’s state-of-the-art renewables training facilities and courses have been highlighted in a major report to the Department for Education about work to address the green skills gap. 

The cover of 'Accelerating Green Skills in Local London Through Effective Industry Engagement – A Summary Report'

The report, Accelerating Green Skills in Local London Through Effective Industry Engagement – A Summary Report, outlines how we are providing further education colleges with low-carbon training bays. These allow students to get hands-on, practical training as part of a new green skills-oriented curriculum. 

Quantum’s equipment enables students to learn about the design, installation and maintenance of in-demand decarbonisation technology such as solar panels, heat pumps and EV charging.

Climate challenge

The report also praises the Level 2 qualification we created as a “good introduction to renewable technologies”. Our course, Sustainable Energy and Renewable Technologies, is assured by City & Guilds and was launched in the summer. This training was created in partnership with Daikin UK to help train the workforce of the future and address the green skills gap. 

The qualification “covers installation, service, maintenance, commissioning and fault-finding”, notes the report. It adds that our course also looks at “wider aspects of understanding the climate challenge, energy transition and the commercial skills required for the workplace”.

Quantum’s training for professionals looking to upskill and green careers educators is also mentioned as part of a list of “top-level recommended training”.

Increasing the number of people trained in such energy-saving technology and green industries is a feature of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy.

The Quantum Group has made collaboration and engagement with further education colleges and leading technology providers such as Daikin a priority.  

Skill sets

Maria Gonella, Quantum Group Managing Partner, said: “It has been a wonderful journey collaborating with further education to support the growth in renewable training and local green skills so far. My engagement with industry stakeholders and attending LSIP [local skills improvement plan] meetings has enabled a productive dialogue between education providers and employers. 

“It is important to speak openly about the challenges we face within local economies, which is supporting new entrants to the workplace with highly practical and technically competent skill sets. It is imperative that these skill sets evolve at the same pace as renewable technology advancements.”

The report was produced by Crystal Associates on behalf of Local London Green Jobs and Skills Partnership – a collaboration of more than 13 FE colleges, over 30 employers and 11 local authorities. The report has been submitted to the Department for Education. 

You can read the full report here.

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