Green Skills Training from Borders College

Green Skills Training from Borders College. The courses on offer cover key areas and combine online learning with onsite practical elements on a college campus near you, to ensure you gain the skills and qualifications employers really value. 

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Green Skills Training Opportunities

This course will look at sustainable materials and practices that can help to construct homes with very high levels of energy efficiency. This will include a fabric first approach to construction, with an emphasis on sustainable building materials and insulation. It will also introduce the concept of low air permeability, and systems to provide low carbon heating and excellent indoor air quality.

This course is tailored to local businesses, whether they be business leaders, sole traders or anything in between, who are looking to be informed with up to date with sustainable construction. This course will provide an overview of various materials, and methods used in low carbon buildings. 

This course is designed to develop awareness of external wall insulation systems for properties to prevent heat loss and improve energy efficiency. Practical experience of fixing insulation boards and applying render coats and surface finishes.

Introduction to airtight construction and testing 

Prevention of uncontrolled air leakage from buildings. Prevent heat loss. Improvement of indoor air quality and comply with building regulations. 

Part of the sustainable construction with regard to net zero emissions homes.

Thermal imaging enables you to see far more than traditional diagnostic methods. You are use thermal imaging to see leaks without causing any damage to internal or external structures. It can also be used to diagnose electrical issues, insulation efficiency or optimal insulation locations, faults in solar photo voltaic panels and numerous other causes. 

This course will explore the subject of ventilation in homes and the systems that can be used to provide ventilation and high indoor air quality. The course will cover the principles of ventilation, heat recovery systems, intake and extract ducting, running and maintenance of MVHR systems.

This course will provide an overview of renewable technologies, from low carbon heating systems, heat pumps, solar pv and solar thermal, biomass systems, micro hydro and wind turbine generation systems

Designed to give installers the skills and knowledge required to correctly install heat pumps. This course has been designed with the with the intention of meeting the requirement of the National Occupational Standards.

The Solar Hot Water Thermal Systems is now fully mapped against the National Occupational Standards. Such a course is a requirement of the minimum technical competency (MTC) document for solar installers and the certificate is recognised by all bodies offering routes to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) as evidence of suitable training

These courses aim to help plumbers and heating engineers who want to install Vented and Unvented Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems to comply with the appropriate Building Regulations and Standards.

Water Bylaws 2014 (Scotland) and meet the requirements of WRAS (the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) of which the majority of the UK water companies are members.

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Introduction to residential energy storage systems. Maximise your existing solar panels with more power and capacity to support a greater energy demand at home. Increase self-consumption and start saving on monthly electricity bills.

City and Guilds level 3 award. This qualification is aimed at practicing electricians interested in understanding how to install the range of equipment and systems available for the charging of EV's. It covers the specialised installation requirements of electric vehicle charging equipment in public, private and commercial locations including exclusive guidance on electrical requirements

This course will provide information on a wide range of integrated SMART controls within the home to control the heating, lighting, ventilation, entry and security systems and their integration with SMART speakers and home devices.

This course is for non-technical staff, such as sales and parts advisors, valeters, managers, paramedics, and professional drivers, to gain an awareness of Electric/Hybrid vehicles to enable them to continue to work safely in their roles.

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Borders College receives an allocation for levy paying employers as well as one for Small to Medium Enterprises (those with less than 250 employees). Application forms are now available.  

If you are a Scotland-based employer who pays the Apprenticeship Levy, this funding stream may give you access to up to £15,000 towards employees’ training and development through Borders College.

If you are an SME then the FWDF may provide up to £5,000 to support the upskilling and reskilling of employees and improve productivity.

Applications are approved and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. So be quick – once the funding pot allocated to each regional college is used up, you will have to go on a waiting list!

We're here to help your business develop

With so many options for training and funding available we want to make it easy for you to find the package that suits your business. You can browse our information to find out about the learning opportunities available, and when you're ready - get in touch with us. 

One of our Learning Consultants will then arrange to meet with you, either in person or online, and help you to build a package of learning to allow you, and your company develop. 

As part of this process we will advise on any funding opportunities that are available to you.


Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration Systems

The National Energy Efficiency Transition Support and Heat Pump Training Fund, supported by ESP has been put in place by the Scottish Government to support those in the energy, engineering and construction sectors who’s careers have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

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Supported by the Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, low carbon transport and sustainable energy use. We aim to address the climate emergency and deliver the wider benefits of clean energy as we transition to net zero.

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In association with ESP

ESP is a collaboration of Scotland’s colleges and industry partners established to increase Scotland’s capability and capacity to deliver the right skills for the energy, engineering and construction sectors to meet industry demand.

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A member of the Team will then contact you to discuss your requirements and funding options.

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