Green Deal job opportunities

By on 02/05/2013 in Blog
Adenike Titiloye
Adenike Titiloye, Managing Director, Catalyst Mutual Enterprise CIC

Last Friday saw the launch of a new organisation in Birmingham which will offer training opportunities to unemployed people wanting a career in energy efficiency and Green Deal advice.  Adenike Titiloye, guest blogs about Catalyst Mutual Enterprise CIC, formerly West Midlands Kick Start …

The West Midlands Kick Start Partnership (WMKS) was set up by 28 local authorities in the West Midlands ten years ago with Birmingham City Council as the accountable body.  It provided loans to vulnerable home owners so that they could bring their homes to 'Decent Homes Standard' and also help them to reduce carbon emissions, reduce heating costs and ultimately escape from fuel poverty.

The government's comprehensive spending review in 2010 essentially spelled the end of Kick Start.  When the programme closed in 2011, WMKS had created a public asset equity share loan portfolio of £34million across the 28 West Midlands local authorities.  We successfully applied to the Cabinet Office for funding to develop WMKS to a Social Enterprise Agency (SEA) in Birmingham - which is where Catalyst comes in.

The government's Green Deal flagship initiative means a huge amount of support is available for people looking to make their homes more energy efficient through cavity wall insulation, more efficient boilers and even solar panels.  This provided a new platform for WMKS and it is now a UKAS accredited Certification Body for Green Deal Advice Service.  However, there aren't enough people qualified to make the initial property assessments.  Catalyst CIC is currently engaging with public sector organisations to secure training funding to support people who may want to consider a career in Green Deal Advice.

At the end of their studies, trainees will become qualified Green Deal advisors, capable of around £200-£300 a day as contractors for local companies such as Carillion.  They'll be able to take up flexible and ethical employment helping local people to become more energy efficient.  This is good for the environment and will save local families money on fuel. 

As a Department of Energy and Climate Change approved Certification Body for Green Deal Advice Services, Catalyst will provide accreditation for any Green Deal Advice Organisation either commercial or social enterprise.  Catalyst will charge a fee for this service which will be ploughed back into the company for further training support and more support for vulnerable homeowners.

Last Friday's launch took place at the Council House.  People from energy suppliers, housing associations, local authorities and the government welcomed our proposals.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Catalyst CIC Green Deal services can call Catalyst CIC on 0121 607 1798, email enquiries@catalystcic.co.uk or visit www.catalystmutualenterprise.co.uk

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