DECC & GTEC launch installer RHI training support scheme

GTEC Training Ltd has secured the contract to administer a new government fund that will aid installers to train in renewable heating technologies prior to the roll out of the domestic RHI next spring.

DECC has committed to distribute £500,000 of funding for the renewable heat incentive training support scheme (RHITSS), which GTEC will administer.

GTEC Training’s managing director Griff Thomas said: “This is great news for us and we are delighted to have been selected after some stiff competition from large national competitors.

“The Domestic RHI is ground-breaking and we are thrilled to have been chosen to be a part of the scheme supporting installers throughout the process.

“GTEC Training Ltd has a long history of providing third party support to organisations all over the world and in the last 12 months has worked for a wide range of organisations from local authorities through to the United Nations delivering third party solutions, site compliance auditing, training and expert witness services.”

The £500,000 will be split across two streams as follows:

Stream 1 – Cross-Skilling support
DECC will make available £250,000 of funding to support installers whom are already qualified in a heating and / or plumbing discipline obtain qualifications in a heat based renewable technology.

Funding will be available through training vouchers for qualifications in the installation and maintenance of the following technologies:
-Solar Thermal

The vouchers will be valued at 75 percent of the cost of the training, up-to a maximum of £500 per voucher, enabling a minimum of 500 training vouchers to be issued. Vouchers will be limited to 5 per company and will be issued to the candidate, allowing them to redeem their voucher on a qualifying course of their choosing. The training provider will then draw down the value of the voucher, upon completion of the training course, through the scheme administrator.

Stream 2 – Apprenticeship support
DECC will make available £250,000 of funding to support apprentices to include renewables in their apprenticeship programme

The funding will be available to support apprentices whom have already selected a particular renewable technology to complete their apprenticeship programme but wish to add additional technologies.

Furthermore, the scheme will also support those apprentices whom have selected a ‘conventional’ fuel on which to complete their apprenticeship programme (such as Oil or Gas) and whom wish to take up one or more renewable technology in addition to the conventional fuel.