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									Bath & North East Somerset Local Strategic Partnership
Local Area Agreement (LAA)




 1. Submission of this form does not constitute part of any
 procurement process. Please have a look at the accompanying
 information which explains the overall aims of the Programme and
 the process that will be followed.

 2. The Council reserves the right to move to procurement any
 aspect of the Programme earlier than the overall timetable
 suggests if there are significant risks in delaying the delivery of the
 aims of the scheme.

 3. Bath& North East Somerset Council will automatically publish on
 its web site the information contained in sections 1 to 10 below.
 This is so that other organisations with similar proposals can
 contact each other if they want to work on a joint bid.

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1. Tell us a little about your proposal…

Give your proposal a name...                  Low Carbon Skills Academy

Briefly summarise it…                         To establish a B&NES wide Low Carbon Skills
                                              Academy (LCSA) to provide skills training at craft
                                              and technician level in the installation of low carbon
Max 250 words                                 technologies in homes and commercial premises.
                                              This proposal would provide the current workforce
                                              particularly those working in the fields of heating,
                                              plumbing, ventilation and electrical installation with
                                              the skills necessary to install low carbon technologies
                                              for retro-fitting, installation and new property
                                              It would also provide those currently undergoing
                                              training (16-18 year olds and adults) and those
                                              seeking to retrain with the skills necessary to install
                                              low carbon technologies.
                                              The LCSA will consist of a site for building services
                                              related technologies, i.e. electrical and water/heating
                                              installation training and a second site for wind related
                                              The qualifications available are attached in
                                              Appendix A.
What’s the main Outcome it’s designed to      A. Creating communities where
deliver?                                      everyone contributes and
                                              everyone takes responsibility.
These Outcomes are set out in more detail in
the Outcomes document                        B . Upskill our communities,
                                             workforce, businesses and public
(To check box, right click and choose        services so they are better able to
‘properties’, then select ‘checked’.)        meet the challenges of the future
                                             C. More help for vulnerable
                                             people and communities by
                                             working more collaboratively and
                                             effectively and empowering
                                             service users.
                                             D. Reduced carbon emissions by
                                             growing our capacity for
                                             renewable energy and keeping
                                             the benefits local.
                                             E. Better health and social care
                                             through seeking out and listening
                                             to consumers’ voices.
                                             F. Involving the community in
                                             running and improving spaces
                                             that matter to them
                                             G. Providing the right help and
                                             start-up spaces for the business
                                             leaders of the future.
2. Tell us a little bit more about how your proposal will…

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…deliver the Outcome you’ve checked            Increasing numbers of residents and business owners
above                                          are becoming aware of the benefits of reducing their
                                               carbon foot print and the associated benefits to the
                                               environment and associated reduction in utilities bills.
This is important : please state clearly how
the Proposal will make a difference and        However those individuals locally wishing to
relate it directly to the outcome.             commission retro fitting or installation of green energy
                                               products are finding it very difficult to find companies
                                               in the sub region capable of delivering this service.

                                               A: Creating communities where everyone
                                               contributes and everyone takes responsibility.
                                               The LCSA would enable households and businesses
                                               to contribute to the overall B&NES carbon reduction
                                               targets. Whilst also enabling more efficient energy
                                               usage in homes and businesses, which will seek to
                                               ameliorate future fuel shortage/ poverty issues.
                                               B:     Upskill     our    communities,      workforce,
                                               businesses and public services so they are better
                                               able to meet the challenges of the future.
                                               The LCSA will address this skills shortage issue by
                                               providing sites where local trades’ people can acquire
                                               the skills and training necessary to undertake these
                                               interventions. It will enable local heating engineers,
                                               plumbers and electricians to position themselves to
                                               take advantage of commercial opportunities arising
                                               from the low carbon economy, thereby growing SME
                                               C: More help for vulnerable people and
                                               communities by working more collaboratively and
                                               effectively and empowering service users.
                                               The LCSA will directly work towards supporting skills
                                               development in several area based carbon reduction
                                               and sustainability projects and programmes in
                                               B&NES including:
                                                    1. The Centre for Sustainable Energy’s
                                                        Somer Valley Renewable Energy Action
                                                        Area:     Innovation,   Independence     and
                                                    2. Regional Growth Fund – Green Jobs
                                                    3. Crest Nicholson Regeneration Section 106
                                                        Apprenticeship     and    local   employment
                                                    4. Bath Community Energy
                                                    5. Transition Bath’s Retro fit group, energy
                                                        groups such as Energy Efficient Widcombe
                                                        and projects such as Bath Homes fit for the
                                                        future – Green Open house event.
                                                    6. Constructing        Excellence     &   Future
                                                        Foundations– My High Street
                                                    7. B&NES Sustainable Construction and retro
                                                        fitting SPD.
                                               D. Reduced carbon emissions by growing our
                                               capacity for renewable energy and keeping the
                                               benefits local.
                                               The LCSA would deliver a body of trades’ people able
                                               to supply a range of carbon reduction interventions to
                                               both homes and businesses in B&NES, and not force

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                                               those residents and business owners to look outside
                                               the local area for businesses to deliver these

…help deliver our Sustainable                  The LCSA addresses a number of the drivers for
                                               change including Climate Change, Growth, Locality
Community Strategy.                            and the Economy.

Please refer to the specific aspects you are   The LCSA cuts across a number of the themes of the
seeking to deliver                             Sustainable Community Strategy including
                                                   Economic Development & Enterprise
                                                   Environmental Sustainability & Climate
                                                   Stronger Communities
                                                   Children and Young People

                                               More specifically the LCSA will address the
                                               following aims.

                                               The causes and effects of climate change (through
                                               lowering the carbon footprint of local homes and
                                               commercial premises) Environmental Sustainability
                                               & Climate Change

                                               The need for growth (supporting housing and
                                               business growth through sustainable development)
                                               Economic Development & Enterprise

                                               A focus on ‘thinking local’ (equipping local people
                                               and improving local infrastructure ) Stronger
                                               Communities, Children & Young People

                                               Inequalities in our communities (through provision
                                               of skills for unemployed people, helping them to
                                               participate in the local job market)Stronger

                                               This project also links to the Supporting Actions for
                                               the 2010 - 2026 Economic Strategy and the
                                               objectives of improving employability and reducing
                                               worklessness. The emphasis on equipping local
                                               people with the skills needed to deliver a low carbon
                                               economy will improve the employability of those who
                                               are already working in related fields and enable
                                               young people and those needing to re-train to gain
                                               skills in a sector where jobs are predicted to grow. A
                                               local centre of excellence would put B&NES at the
                                               forefront of such developments and could also lead to
                                               new business start-ups in the district and contribute
                                               to local employment creation.
…be big, bold and innovative                   The proposed LCSA will generate the skills needed in
                                               local trades people (both young people and adults)
                                               and apprentices as well local unemployed residents
                                               to support an area that is not only committed to
                                               creating low carbon society, but also a residential and
                                               business community capable of delivering these aims
                                               themselves. This will also help to stimulate local
                                               business growth, enterprise and build a local
                                               specialism in treating listed or hard to treat homes
                                               and business premises.

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…help the community help itself                       200B&NES trades people over 3 years with
                                                       new skills to install green technologies.
                                                      50 unemployed people over 3 years trained in
Be specific about the numbers of people
                                                       installation skills for green technologies and
who will be helped                                     able to take advantage of new job
                                                      10 unemployed people to progress to trades
                                                       based training programmes (i.e. electrical
                                                       installation, refrigeration/air conditioning
                                                       engineering, plumbing)
                                                      150 16-18 year olds per year for 3 years
                                                       engaged in training in the disciplines
                                                       mentioned above, with additional skills in the
                                                       installation of new green technologies.
                                                      At least 10 local apprentices per year for 3
                                                       years receiving low carbon skills training.

…sustain itself in the long run                Once the capital investment is made, the Further
                                               Education Colleges will be able to draw down
                                               revenue funding from the Young People’s Learning
(Please remember that any funding from this    Agency and the Skills Funding Agency (dependent on
scheme is one-off only so you must             age and entitlement) to deliver the training. The Low
demonstrate how this scheme will continue      Skills Academy will be managed by the Bath and
into the future. We suggest you attach a       North East Somerset Learning and Skills Partnership
simple cash flow forecast for the next few     (a partnership of learning and skills providers,
                                               Connexions,       Jobcentre       Plus,      Economic
years to show how the proposal will continue   Development).
to have an impact without further financial    The FE colleges will work with supporting partners to
support from the Council)                      use their knowledge of and expertise in low carbon
                                               developments to ensure that the training offered is
                                               regularly updated to meet forthcoming industry needs.
                                               The Low Skills Academy will also work with the
                                               appropriate sector skills councils to inform the
                                               development of appropriate qualifications.
…cut costs and make better use of              Cashable savings              Other resource
resources                                                                    savings
                                               There is a direct financial    The increased efficiency
As well as cashable savings this could         benefit to businesses and      of homes and business
                                               households in making           premises will reduce the
include making better use of wider resources   their     premises    more     amount of energy used.
such as energy efficiency and carbon           efficient     and    using     Installation    of micro
reduction.                                     alternative         energy     generation products will
                                               sources, reducing the          further reduce the usage
                                               amount spent on utilities.     of non renewable energy
…attract additional funding and support        Once the LCSA is up and running, it will be able to
                                               attract additional funding to run these new courses
                                               from the YPLA and SFA and from businesses
                                               investing in the training of their workforces.

                                               To incentivise the initial take up of small business
                                               upskilling in micro generation and retro fitting,
                                               £15,000 is required to offer 30 individual trades
                                               people a £500 qualification grant to pay for one of
                                               the selected qualifications delivered at the LCSA.

                                               It is believed that this will increase competition in the
                                               market and attract more businesses to engage with
                                               the LCSA. To ensure that the grants go only to those

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                                                          businesses that will benefit the greatest, they will only
                                                          be available to businesses employing 5 people or
3. Tell us about the problem you’re trying to fix with your proposal…
(you can use evidence from local views and surveys)

Of the 1,072,000 tonnes of carbon emissions produced in BANES in 2006 437, 000 tonnes came from energy
use in homes and 384, 000 tones came from industry, business and commerce. If the target of reducing the
sub region’s carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 is to be achieved, a significant change is
needed in the consumption of energy. An ever present barrier to both households and businesses is the
difficulty in locating trades people to deliver low carbon energy solutions. The Low Carbon Skills academy will
enable local businesses (and in part residents) to gain the skills necessary to diversify and offer a vital service
in delivering low carbon solutions for the home and the work place. This will in turn make a huge contribution
to the BANES carbon reduction targets, as well as delivering highly skilled and knowledge intensive skills
bases capable of also taking the BANES economy in to the future.

4. Who will benefit from it?
You should highlight the people (being as specific as possible on numbers) and the
communities and areas of B&NES that the proposal will help the most.

The activity of the LCSA will give over 200 local trades’ people, 450 16- 18 year olds and at least 60
unemployed residents the ability to apply low carbon technologies to both residential and commercial
premises. There is a benefit to local businesses who wish to enter or develop their place in this sector, with
greater opportunity for business development and an increase in levels of local employment in the sector.
Financially, Photo Voltaic installation in domestic premises is potentially worth at least £45m alone to the local
economy. So there is definite profit potential for local businesses.

Businesses that take advantage of these low carbon solutions will benefit from lower utilities bills and the
potential for Feed In Tariff reward, along with the renewable heat incentive. Community groups who invest in
retro fit and micro/ community energy projects will also benefit socially and financially, through financial
incentives and through lower utility bills. Local unemployed residents will benefit through being given the
opportunity to enter into the job market with relevant up to date skills in these new technologies.

There is also the wider social benefit that a low carbon area can deliver in terms of increased standards of
living and contributing to the country’s overall carbon reduction aims.
5. How will we measure its success?

It’s up to you what you put here but you need to be specific and include figures
Numbers of learners achieved – 680 (200 Trades People, 450 16 -1 8 year olds 30 apprentices)
Number of business engaged–100+ (30 of which will be employing less than 5 people)
At least 60 unemployed residents engaged
Over a three year period.

6. What support would you need to get it off to a flying start?

Money - use your best current estimates                   Other help needed
£Revenue             £Capital                             Volunteers    Other                     Other

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15,000 Small Business      167,661 – Installation &
Qualification Grants       Equipment
8,000 Marketing
7. Tell us your estimation of timescales for delivery of your proposal.
Year 1(assume academy is launched in January 2012).
January – LCSA Launch.
January – June 2012 – 150 16-18 year olds to receive accredited training.
March 2012 – June 2012 – Programme for 16 unemployed people completed.
February – April 2012 – Full business engagement and marketing activity completed.
May – December – Programme of upskilling training for trades people underway. Training programmes for 66
trade’s people completed.

Year 2
January – June 2013 – 150 16-18 year olds to receive accredited training.
March – June 2012 – programme for 17 unemployed people completed,
April – December – Programme of upskilling training for trades people. Training programmes for 66 trade’s
people completed.

Year 3
Repeat year 2.

8. Tell us what you know about the dependency of your proposal and its
timescales on….
…external funding streams                              The local FE colleges would not be able to invest in
                                                       such equipment if external funding is not secured e.g.
                                                       through this proposal. However once established the
                                                       YPLA/Skills Funding Agency and in some instances
                                                       employers would pay for the delivery of the training.
…government policy and other initiatives               The LCSA is not dependent on government policy to
                                                       succeed. However the Green Deal, Feed In Tariff
                                                       and Renewable Heat Incentive will help to stimulate

                                                       If successful the LCSA would also partner with the
                                                       West of England LEP Regional Growth fund bid to
                                                       deliver 2000 ‘green jobs’ in the next 3 years.
..decision-making processes by other                   N/A

…land acquisition, planning permission                 N/A

..other risks (please identify)                        Demand level not sufficient –
                                                       Ensure that support is given to organisations
                                                       stimulating community and business demand.
                                                       Lack of business interest to diversify- Provide a
                                                       long term engagement and support strategy to local
                                                       trades companies including cost benefit analysis and
                                                       access to funding.
                                                       Competition from European contractors already
                                                       capable of delivering retro fit and micro
                                                       generation- ensure that local trades companies get
                                                       support in terms of skills development and access to

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9. Are there any additional conversations you would like to have with
   others to help you with your proposal?

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10. Who is involved with submitting your proposal?
Your organisation’s name                           Bath and North East Somerset
                                                   Learning and Skills Partnership
Main contact name                                  Jacqui Buffton, Facilitator, Learning
                                                   and Skills Partnership

Telephone- landline                                01225 333149

Telephone- mobile

Address                                            c/o City of Bath College,
                                                   Avon Street,
                                                   BA1 1UP

Social media site – e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Ning

Email address                            

Funding and Programmes Team:
Policy & Partnerships, Ist Floor Lewis House, Manvers Street, BathBA1 1JG
Phone: 01225 477669 or 01225 477278

Should you have any queries, please email them

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