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On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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Skills Bootcamp in Green Technologies

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Skills Bootcamps are free*, flexible short courses, giving people the opportunity to build up sector - specific skills to help with career progression, gain new business opportunities or fast - track to an interview with a local employer.

Whether you’re looking for a change of career or want to progress within the Green Technologies industry, our free* Skills Bootcamp opens the door to a range of new and exciting opportunities.

Our Green Technologies Skills Bootcamp is funded by The Department for Education, as part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life. It is a free*, flexible course that will enable you to build up essential sector skills.

How will I learn?

Choose from a minimum of 5 modules to create your bespoke course.

Module 1 is mandatory and delivered online via Microsoft Teams, with Modules 2 – 10 taking place face to face at our Berkeley Campus.

We have grouped certain Modules together offering block sessions for Solar Panels and Air Source Heat Pumps.

Principles of Environmental Technologies (Mandatory)

This module is an initial introductory overview of Environmental Technologies for domestic homes. It aims to give learners a better understanding of the different technologies on the market, and would be a mandatory unit firstly attended. Also, a useful opportunity to direct delegates towards other modules which would be most of interest.

Principles of low temperature systems (Level 3)

This module outlines the need for all heating systems to be designed to operate at a low temperature from the outset in order to maximise efficiency out of the system. The objective for this module is to convey the concept of low temperature heating systems. And will provide knowledge and an understanding for the need and the requirements for installing low temperature heating and hot water systems.

Water Regulations/Byelaws (Level 2)

The Water Regulations module will give an overview of the current Water Regulations. Topics covered within this module will be the interpretation and definitions of the Water Regulations, Materials and substances, Requirements, design and installation, Backflow and contamination prevention, Hot and cold-water services, Flushing devices as well as Sanitary appliances.

Safe Working at Heights (Level 2)

This module is for anyone who works at height in any place, including a place at or below ground level, should understand how to perform these activities safely with in in their work. Contents includes an Introduction and an insight to legislation, work at height risk assessing, avoiding, preventing, minimising risks and forms of working at height equipment.

Health and Safety and Manual Handling (Level 1/Level 2)

This module is an ideal introduction for obtaining a basic understanding of health and safety duties and responsibilities and becoming aware of hazards and risks. As well as an understanding for those who may undertake manual handling operations, including the transporting of a load of items by lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, manoeuvring.

An Introduction to Solar Thermal

This module will be an introduction to solar hot water systems which are commonly installed in the UK. And will provide an oversight in understanding fully filled sealed systems, drain back systems, flat plate collector systems, evacuated tube collector systems and direct flow evacuated tube collector systems.

An Introduction to Solar PV and Battery Storage Systems

This module will be an introduction to solar photovoltaic systems which are being installed in the UK. And will provide an oversight in understanding of the technology being used, how sunlight in converted into electrical energy, how it is stored with in a battery, the benefits and considerations to be made.

An introduction to retrofit Insulation

This module will be an introduction to what retrofitting insulation is, what differing forms of insulation systems are available, reasons for it, why it is needed and the benefits. Along with the role it will play in sustainability and reaching net zero targets.

An introduction to Ground Source Heat Pumps

This module will be an introduction to understanding about what this form of heat pump is, principles of a vapour compression system and the components involved. The characteristics of each type of heat pump unit and system arrangement. Will cover the fundamental principles of heat pump efficiency and design selection that are common for heat pumps. Along with the principles of designing a ground Collector for a Ground Source Heat Pump.

An introduction to Air Source Heat Pumps (Level 3)

This module will be an introduction to understanding what this form of heat pump is, the principle of the vapor compression system and components involved. The differing operational characteristics of each type of heat pump unit and system arrangement. Will cover the fundamental principles of heat pump efficiency and design selection that are common for heat pumps. Along with the principles of domestic hot water cylinder selection and system design that are common.

Entry Requirements

This course is perfect for anyone wanting introductory courses into Environmental Technologies, such as heating, plumbing or electrical engineers looking to broaden their skill set.

Adults 19+, living or working in the West of England region, employed, self-employed or un-employed. (If you reside outside the WECA area, you must be prepared to work within the region).

For the accredited Level 3 courses by LCL Awards - Air Source and Low Temperature Modules we will need proof of industry competencies. This can be a full NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing, in date Gas competencies for CCN1 and CENWAT, Oil or solid fuel biomass.

* If you are employed, your employer may need to make a cash contribution. Please email us at [email protected] to discuss options.

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Course information last updated: Friday 31st March 2023 @ 8.02am (1 day ago)

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