Bath & North East Somerset Local Strategic Partnership
Local Area Agreement (LAA)
PERFORMANCE REWARD PROGRAMME
PROJECT OUTLINE PROPOSAL (POP)FORM
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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
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
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
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
D. Reduced carbon emissions by growing our
capacity for renewable energy and keeping the
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
Children and Young People
More specifically the LCSA will address the
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
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
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
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.
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
Repeat year 2.
8. Tell us what you know about the dependency of your proposal and its
…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
Address c/o City of Bath College,
Social media site – e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Ning
Email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding and Programmes Team:
Policy & Partnerships, Ist Floor Lewis House, Manvers Street, BathBA1 1JG
Phone: 01225 477669 or 01225 477278
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