Renewable training gets green light

Stoke on Trent College has launched a series of courses offering local business the latest training in renewable technologies.

Staffordshire businesses can now access to a variety of programmes in solar PV, solar thermal and heat pump technology on their doorstep, thanks to specifically designed ‘NU Build’ eco-houses at the College’s Burslem Campus, off Moorland Road.

The offer to train in eco-friendly practices has already attracted the attention of those in the renewables sector, as well tradespeople and companies in the construction sector following a rise in use, and attitudes, of renewable technologies across the UK.

Furthermore, the College has successfully secured funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to offer eligible SMEs and sole traders subsidies to carry out training in renewable technologies for their staff.

The training, all accredited by Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) demonstrating compliance to industry standards, is the only of its kind available to companies in a 60 mile radius of Stoke on Trent.

Earlier this week, Ecotricity chief executive Dale Vince forecasted that the UK will derive 80% of its energy generation from renewable sources by 2030 as part of his ‘2030 Vision’ document.

Mike Romano, ESF Construction Skills Co-ordinator at Stoke on Trent College, said: “There is an increasing demand for those working in the building service industry to train in renewable technologies and ensure they are compliant with regulatory bodies as the sector increases its use of renewable sources.

“As the use of eco-friendly practices become more common in both commercial and domestic developments, the demand to qualified tradespeople in these areas will become increasingly the norm.

“These courses, all delivered in our state-of-the-art facilities, are at the forefront of training in the UK. By making this training available here in Stoke on Trent is going to be a huge boost for business in the area moving forwards, helping them become leaders in their field.”

Businesses which want to find out more about the renewable energy technologies training offered by Stoke-on-Trent College can contact Mike Romano on 01782 603603, or email

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