Rural Energy Academy

Rural Energy Academy

The Rural Energy Academy is now running in South Lanarkshire until 30th June 2018

Training and employability support coming to Lanark

South Lanarkshire College has been awarded funding from South Lanarkshire Council and the European Social Fund to deliver a range of programmes through the Rural Energy Academy.

This new training and employability project aiming to progress 80 unemployed participants into roles related to the energy/utility sector and its supply chain is coming to the rural areas of South Lanarkshire. Activity and support will initially be available until 30th June 2018. REA_Web Header_Dec17

This new opportunity is for South Lanarkshire residents living in rural areas looking for work opportunities across a variety of roles within the energy/utility sector and its supply chain. Vocational skills and jobs will range from technical to administrative positions.

What’s on offer?

Our friendly staff will offer you:

Advice and support to identify your training needs.

Job search through our job club where the team will guide you through jobs opportunities – all this for you to build your confidence to go for that job!

Employability skills including: CV writing, interviewing skills, expectations in the workplace.

If you feel you need to build your confidence and could do with some help with employability skills, the Certificate of Work Readiness is the ideal course to get you started on your journey to secure employment.

Vocational accredited courses including Smart Metering Installation, Estimating, Timber Frame, Renewable Technologies, Administration, IT and Audio, SAGE, Spreadsheets and Databases, Human resources, Accounts etc.

Any further industry specific qualifications or resources required for placement or to progress to employment will be provided. This can include H&S test for CSCS card, PVG Membership, Moving & Handling, Extended Learning Support and any necessary PPE.

Work placements to help you gain valuable practical skills in a live workplace environment.

Work trials to help you showcase your skills to an employer.

All this for you to build your confidence to go for that job!
We welcome applications from new potential recruits as well as people with previous experience to access job opportunities through upskilling.

Whatever your circumstances and your level of support needs, you will be advised on the best way for you to gain new skills, qualifications and experience, to maximise your chances for a job related to the energy/utility sector and its supply chain.

Call one of our Advisors on 07813367422 or email energy@slc.ac.uk to arrange an initial chat on what the Rural Energy Academy can offer you.

You can drop in at our premises in Lanark: Corner Unit at 2, Hope Street (ALVO premises across from the Clydesdale Inn).

One of our advisors will also be present at the Lanark Job Centre office on dates to be arranged by mutual agreement.

If you want to learn more about the energy/utility sector by visiting our workshops in South Lanarkshire College this can be organised too. Staff will be available to explain the skills and equipment used in the industry, links with industry and employers’ expectations.

Engaging with employers

We work with a wide base of employers who already use our College as a recruitment hub. These key partners offer work placements, work trials, guaranteed interviews and when they have vacancies, we can assist them with recruitment.
We are currently working with employers operating in the energy/utility sector and its supply chain seeking to recruit. If you are an employer looking to recruit or if you know employers who would like to work with us to offer work placements or employment, contact our team who will be delighted to assist with job brokerage.
Telephone on 07813367422 or email at energy@slc.ac.uk

ABOUT SOUTH LANARKSHIRE COLLEGE AND THE SOUTH LANARKSHIRE ENERGY ACADEMY

South Lanarkshire College has been an active partner in the delivery of the Energy Academy since its inception in 2010. The College has worked hand-in-hand with employers who have invested heavily in equipment and new technologies to provide industry focussed state-of-the-art facilities. The College has responded specifically to a range of expanding industry needs that focussed on new regulations. The College was able to develop new training including installation and maintenance of high efficiency boilers and micro renewables equipment (solar and photovoltaic panels), biomass boilers, mechanical air vents, ground and air-source heat pumps. South Lanarkshire College is the only one of two Colleges in the UK to deliver a Structural Timber Association Award in Timber Frame Erection, South Lanarkshire College, and is the only educational establishment in the United Kingdom approved to certificate this qualification.
The College constantly updates its workshops and equipment to respond to new technologies demanded and driven by industry. It has invested in state-of-the-art facilities supported by manufacturers of high efficiency boilers and micro renewable energy equipment keen to promote the latest technology in their specialism and updating it on a continual basis to ensure students can work on the most advanced technology. Students are able to see for themselves prime examples of these new technologies in our facilities: the low carbon house “Aurora” and a new “positive” extension.

Smart Meter Installation

South Lanarkshire College is currently delivering smart meter installation in response to the Government’s agenda to get 54 million smart meters installed by 2020 across the UK. Utility companies are currently looking to employ over 700 people into sustainable employment between 2016 and 2020 across Scotland.

The College works closely with key utility companies across Scotland to meet the skills gap and skills shortages in the industry.

Timber Frame Construction

Timber frame erection is an expanding construction technique that already features highly in the new generation of buildings in the UK. Working hand in hand with the Structural Timber Association, South Lanarkshire College is the only educational establishment in the United Kingdom approved to certificate the Structural Timber Association Award in Timber Frame Erection.

Employers have been using the College as a recruitment hub for many years. Some of them only using South Lanarkshire College to recruit their new staff.

Micro Renewable Energy

South Lanarkshire has been a leader in the field of micro renewable energy development and installation. Its training facilities are second to none as it has led the way in investing in new facilities to support skills and development for sustainability in the construction sector. Its commitment to providing an innovating learning environment where students can see the technologies in action has won the College numerous UK wide awards, including the Green Gown Award. It has also built a new classroom extension with outstanding sustainability credentials. This new capital development is used as a teaching tool for students who are able to see the leading sustainable building structure and micro-renewable technologies being used.

We are looking forward to deliver rural labour market interventions on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council – assisting new potential recruits as well as candidates with previous experience to access job opportunities within the energy/utility sector and its supply chain.

GAINING CONFIDENCE AND DEVELOPING YOUR PERSONAL AND EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

Certificate of Work Readiness

If you feel you need to build your confidence and you feel you could do with some personal development, before you consider your next step, the Certificate of Work Readiness will provide you with accredited skills to prepare you to the world of work.

Course outline

12 weeks (including 7 weeks on work placement)
• Working with Others
• Employability Skills
• Skills for Customer Care
• Dealing with Work situations
• Practical Workplace Skills
• Responsibilities for employment

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements.
Successful interview.

OPTIONS RELATED TO CONSTRUCTION TRADE

Smart Meter Installation (awaiting decision for Sector-Based Work Academy status)

Course outline

18 week course, 5 days per week.
Applicants will work between College attendance completing core qualification units for the Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering (Duel Fuel) and working on placement with a recognised energy sector employer to complete a portfolio required to gain the full qualification.

6 weeks on the gas course in College followed by 5 weeks on work placement with an employer + 1 week’s assessment

You will work between College attendance completing core qualification units for the Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering (Dual Fuel) and working on placement with a recognised energy sector employer to complete a portfolio required to gain the full qualification.

Core units
• Working Safely in the Energy and Utilities Sector
• Working Practices in the Energy and Utilities Sector
• Using & Communicating Technical Information
• Delivering Customer Service When Working within the Energy and Utilities Sector
• Install & Commission Communication Systems for Smart Meters

Gas units
• Applied Practices and Principles for Installing Low Pressure Natural Gas Smart Meters up to U6 only
• Prepare, Install & Commission Low Pressure Natural Gas Smart Meter and Regulator up to 6.0m3/hr
• Low Pressure Gas Smart Meter Tightness Testing & Direct Purging

Power units
• Install Single Phase Meter and Associated Equipment
• Change Single Phase Meter and Associated Equipment

Progression to employment within the energy sector installing and exchanging domestic gas and electric meters

Entry requirements
National 4 / Standard grade English/Maths
Must successfully pass a colour vision assessment
Successfully pass a PVG check
BPEC test
At the completion of the course, applicants must have a full current UK driving licence.

PDA Timber Frame Erection units (SCQF level 5) – from Spring 2018 (awaiting Sector-Based Work Academy status)

6 weeks (5 days per week) learning the skills in a workshop environment
32 hours per week

Course outline

Conform to productive work practices
Move, handle or store resources
CSCS Safety awareness
Erect timber walls and floors

Progression to SVQ (Modern Apprenticeship in timber frame erection)

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Carpentry and Joinery (Construction): Timber Frame Erection at SCQF level 5 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as general workplace health, safety and welfare, productive work practices and erecting timber roof and wall and floor structures.

This qualification has been designed by the Construction Skills Sector Skills Council to ensure relevance to the sector and includes a Structural Timber Association Award.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

The College currently works with a number of employers looking to recruit qualified applicants.

Entry requirements

Basic communication, numeracy and literacy (National 4)
Must demonstrate application
Age: minimum 18

Introduction to Estimating

New course coming soon pending more details from accredited body

Format likely to be 1 day per week for 6 weeks.

Progression to HNC Building Management; Building Surveying or Quantity Surveying

Short options are also available with qualifications required by employers. Dates and location to be confirmed.

CSCS Health and Safety: 1 day; BPEC Working with Heights: 2 days; First Aid: 1 day or 3 days;

Speak to our advisor on other options on offer

PDCOS; Banksman; Slinging and Signaling; forklift/counterbalance; basic lead welding, essential electrics, hard landscaping etc.

Also available for those with relevant industry experience: Solar Thermal Domestic Hot Water, Heat Pumps, Biomass Heating, Gas Safe Register update

OPTIONS IN OFFICE BASED ROLES

The energy/utility sector is also seeking skills in a variety of office positions including administration, Human resources, Customer services, IT and accounts. The College can offer a suite of programmes to provide you the skills sought by employers:

NPA Administration, Information Technology and Audio

The Award will provide you with the basic IT and audio skills required in business and commercial roles. It also promotes effective articulation and transition to further and higher education, while recognising and supporting skills for industry and future employment.

Course outline

12 weeks x 6 hours
• IT Solutions for Administrators
• Word Processing
• Audio – An Introduction

Progression to employment

Junior administrative roles in a number of sectors, including finance, health care, HR, hospitality, IT, marketing, retail and the public sector. You can also progress to relevant HNC programmes (additional qualifications required) or relevant PDA programmes

Entry requirements

• Numeracy and Communication at National 4 plus a further relevant National 4 award or
• Equivalent qualification from other awarding bodies
• Students with relevant work experience will also be considered
• Successful performance at interview

PDA Book-keeping

12 weeks x 6 hours per week

Course content

Recording Financial Information
Using Financial Accounting Software
Payroll

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements although it would be beneficial for candidates to be competent in communication, numeracy and IT skills to SCQF Level 5.
Relevant work experience would be beneficial.
Successful interview.

Progression to employment
The course delivers the essential skills and knowledge for a career in book-keeping. This makes it suitable qualification for anyone seeking to enter employment within the Accounting and Business services sector.

Further related PDAs or HN Units to build up qualifications towards an HNC/D in Accounting.

The PDA also gives exemption for elements of CIMA and ACCA professional qualifications.

The type of positions which may be taken by candidates include:

Accounting Assistants
Financial Administrators
Administrators

The course will run January 2018 to June 2018 in our East Kilbride premises.

Induction will take place on Thursday 11th January 2018.

This course can be studied on a part-time evening or part-time day basis (1 X 3 hr session per week)

Location: South Lanarkshire College

SAGE, spreadsheets and databases (Microsoft Office 15)

12 weeks x 6 hours

Course outline

• SAGE
• Spreadsheet
• Database

Entry requirements

For those who already are confident with information technology, but want to become proficient in managing account and payroll, data and budgets.

NPA Human Resources & Law (January Start)

Course outline

12 weeks (2 X 3 hr sessions per week)

The course consists of 3 credits with 18 SCQF credit points.

• Human Resources: Administration
• Law of Contract: An Introduction
• Employment Law: An Introduction

Entry requirements
No formal entry requirements although it would be beneficial for candidates to be competent in communication, numeracy and IT skills to SCQF Level 4/5.
Relevant work experience would be beneficial.
Successful interview.

Next step for course options
Further National Progression Awards or progression to related Professional Development Awards.
Higher Studies in Business and Accounting courses at Level 5/6 or other relevant National Certificate or Higher National Diploma courses in: Business; Accounting; Human Resource Management; Legal Studies.

Progression to employment
The National Progression Award in Human Resources and the Law has been designed to provide the basic knowledge required for progression towards current or future employment in the HR sector, legal sector or for progression onto further academic qualifications. The NPA will provide you with fundamental knowledge and skills relating to the study of HR and the Law.
Start date is Monday 15th January to June 2018.

Induction will take place on Thursday 11th January 2018 at East Kilbride. Speak to our Advisor for transport options.

How do I get there?

The Rural Energy Academy will deliver support and training in a range of locations. With its main base in Lanark, 2 Hope Street (across from the Bank of Scotland).

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The project will support and suggest arrangements with participants to assist them with transport. Our team will be able to advise you.

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund, South Lanarkshire College and South Lanarkshire Works 4U (through South Lanarkshire Council).

 

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