SRC launch ‘Employ Me’ programme
Southern Regional College has officially launched the ‘Employ Me´ and City & Guilds Level 2 Insulation and Building Treatments Course’ which focuses on the principles and application of external wall insulation (EWI) systems and is delivered at the Greenbank Campus in Newry.
SRC is taking the lead in Northern Ireland in the development and delivery of specialist training, catering specifically for the emerging retrofit sector. Chief Executive, Brian Doran, spoke at the launch stating how delighted the College is to be collaborating with industry leaders ‘Weber, Saint Gobain’ and ‘Enviroform Solutions’ in the delivery of this innovative new training in EWI systems.
Buildings account for almost half of our energy consumption and in houses up to 45% of this energy is lost through the walls. External wall insulation or EWI systems are proven to be one of the most energy efficient and effective solutions with benefits: including improved thermal performance; reduction in moisture penetration; and, diminished risk of condensation.
The systems are robustly designed to protect the outer walls of the home from weathering and also significantly improve the aesthetics of the building. Correct installation of EWI is critical to ensure all cold-bridging around the hard-to-treat areas of the building’s envelope is addressed.
Through this course, participants will have the opportunity to develop the specialist skills and knowledge required to successfully deliver an EWI retrofit on a building without negatively impacting on the physics of the building’s fabric.
This event is timely in that the eagerly anticipated launch of the UK’S Green Deal is scheduled for January 2013. The Green Deal aims to cut energy bills and carbon emissions by making energy efficiency easy and affordable for householders and businesses. If, as expected, the Green Deal sets a target of several million homes and businesses being insulated by 2020 there will be a huge demand for highly skilled and qualified workers.
Guests at SRC’s event included the Lord Mayor of Newry; council officials and representatives from business and industry. Guest speaker John Woods, Project Leader for the Northern Ireland Green New Deal, commended the College’s innovation and forward-thinking in the area of retrofit and for its collaboration with industry leaders.
Mr Woods talked about the exciting developments and new opportunities which are emerging not only within retrofit and but in the construction sector as a whole. Lindsay Bronte, Head of School of Construction and Built Environment, referred to the College’s commitment to ensuring relevant training is available to up-skill the construction workforce and to maximise employment opportunities in new and emerging sectors such as retrofit.
This innovative training is being delivered as part of the College’s Employ Me programme which is targeted at members of the local community who are currently unemployed. Employ Me offers participants accredited qualifications in a range of areas including: Construction; Engineering; Finance; IT; Hospitality and Retail. Participants are also offered an opportunity to achieve qualifications in other areas such as Essential Skills in English and Mathematics and basic IT.
Employ Me is jointly funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), the European Social Fund (ESF) and Southern Regional College. The third year of the Employ Me Programme will commence in September 2013. For more information please contact the Employ Me office on 028 3751 2825.
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