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.
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.
The Renewable Heat Installer Training and Support Scheme (RHITSS) is designed to help deliver the Green Homes Voucher Scheme and aims to help installers gain the qualifications and certification required to become registered installation companies under the Green Homes Grant Scheme.
Subsidised training is available for the technologies eligible for inclusion under the Voucher Scheme. The Scheme is a time limited opportunity to receive training at a reduced cost, or in some cases free and will run from January 2021 until May 2021.
Under the RHITSS scheme, the vouchers are aimed at existing plumbing and heating engineers to encourage training and certification in renewable heating technologies. This training is available to all in England who meet the criteria.
The Scheme will deliver vouchers worth up to 70% of the cost of the training, assessment and certification and will enable companies install low carbon heating technologies, such as solar thermal, biomass and heat pumps.
Vouchers and support will be available in January for (for example):
The above can all be funded to a maximum of 70% (depending on State Aid status) and could mean that for a small company your costs are reduced from around £2,200 to around £500*.
All training and assessment must include an RQF assessment that leads to a qualification accredited by an awarding organisation.
The RHITSS website will be your one stop portal to help steer you through the process, keeping the form filling to a minimum by using the details you supply for all your training and certification.
The RHITSS team will provide you with support at every stage of the process to help you all the way through from your initial interest to achieving certification, in the minimum amount of time and with the minimum amount of hassle for you whilst you concentrate on running your business.
Whilst this is an English initiative, candidates from other devolved nations will be able to access funding if they intend on progressing to be an installer under the Green Home Grant Scheme.
This scheme is designed and funded in collaboration with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Midland Energy Hub to ensure that tradespeople are equipped and professionally trained in delivering home improvements measures that qualify for the Green Homes Grant.
Full scheme rules will be published shortly and vouchers available in January, but don’t delay in registering your interest to receive the maximum support that your company is eligible for.
*Maximum funding limits may apply to ensure maximum support across as many companies as possible.
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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