Certified installers are needed to help meet the significant demand that the Green Homes Grant Scheme has provided. This is a great opportunity for companies to get involved in the growing renewables sector, helping to shape the future of heating in the UK.
The Government''s Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme provides vouchers towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements a home.
The Green Home Grant vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000 or £10,000 if a household is on a low income or receives certain benefits.
Are you a building services installer looking to get involved in the renewables sector?
Have you been put off in the past by the cost and amount of paperwork involved?
If so, the RHITSS is for you!
The RHITSS offers a unique opportunity to get up to 70% off training, assessment, certification and membership fees alongside a fully integrated package of support to guide you through the process.
Managed by GTEC in partnership with the MCS, the scheme is designed to help installers overcome barriers associated with joining the renewables sector.
Heating installers will be able to future-proof their businesses by upskilling in one of three promising technologies within the low-carbon heating sector:
Vouchers are available for up to 70% of the cost of every stage of your renewable installer journey, including heat pump, solar thermal training or biomass training, pre-requisites (such as energy efficiency or hot water systems), your consumer code (CTSI) membership, MCS certification costs, and TrustMark fees.
The funding available for a full package of training and certification is worth around £1,300 per company but limited funding is available, so act fast if you want to get your share of this funding.
We are committed to breaking down barriers for installers. From the moment you get in touch with us, you will have our full support through every stage of your renewable installer journey.
The RHITSS website is your one-stop portal to steer you through the process, keeping the form filling to a minimum by using one set of the details you supply to complete all your training and certification applications; less paperwork for you to fill out means that you can concentrate on getting the work done.
Support and funding levels for each stage are as follows:
Support directly from MCS – to compliment the training programme delivered by GTEC, MCS will be offering free support to familiarise applicants with MCS standards, provide specific technical guidance and help companies become certified.
MCS can offer a wide range of one-on-one support, including:
A range of downloadable resources is also available - guidance documents, presentations, recorded webinars and templates; all designed to aid installers with their journey to MCS certification.
To enquire about the MCS support available, please call their helpdesk on 0333 1038130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each company can apply for up to 5 installers to receive funding for their training package and each installer can access training for up to 2 technologies at any one time.
In addition, each company can apply for 1 voucher to help to meet the costs of the certification journey, all funding is capped at 70% of the Nett costs or to the following levels whichever is higher:
|Cost||Funding cap per training place||Cap per company|
|Pre-requisites Training (EE/WRAS/HWS)||£129.50||N/A|
|Technology Specific Training||£416.50||N/A|
|MCS Understanding (inc. MCSME)||N/A||£136.50|
|MCS Certification Body assessment||N/A||£385|
|MCS Licence Fee||N/A||£38.50|
|CTSI Code membership||N/A||£182|
* All funding is NETT of VAT.
ABC Plumbing and heating would like to become MCS certified and has 3 staff members who all want training on air source heat pumps, the staff all need to hold energy efficiency and water regulations to get onto the air source heat pump course.
The company has selected ACME training to provide the training and they charge £210 for the pre-requisites and £595 for the air source heat pump training.
The voucher would be worked out as follows:
|Number of candidates||Course type||Cost before voucher||Voucher value||Cost to be met by installer|
|3||Air Source Heat Pump||£1,785||£1,249.50||£535.50|
|1 voucher per company||Cost before voucher||Voucher value||Cost to be met by installer|
|MCS Understanding (inc. MCSME)||£195||£136.50||£58.50|
|MCS Certification Body assessment||Starting at £550||£385||£165|
|MCS Licence Fee||£55||£38.50||£16.50|
|CTSI Code membership||Starting at £260||£182||£78|
|Trustmark||Starting at £90||£63||£27|
|Total Voucher Value||£2,831.50|
* Indicates that the cap was reached. ** All prices exclude VAT.
Full geographical coverage is provided by our network of independent training centres, these can be selected during the training voucher application.
At the moment, vouchers will be issued from February and valid for training until May 14th 2021 so register now to ensure you make the most of the funding available.
Vouchers will be issued on a first come, first served basis. There is no intention to limit the vouchers to a certain number per technology.
Vouchers will be issued to companies based on a cost, technology type and provider, as detailed by the candidate when they apply.
These vouchers can then be redeemed by provider through the administrator (GTEC Training Ltd) who will pay the provider directly.
Providers will have to register with the administrator before a voucher can be issued. Details on how to do this will be made available when the applications open.
If you are a provider and wish to register your interest, please use the link HERE.
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