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London Development Agency launches skills report

A study by the London Energy Partnership 'Skills Gap in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sector in London' has identified flaws with training in the sector.
The study, funded by the LDA, focuses on the six Sector Skills Councils with most direct impact on skills and training for energy efficiency and renewable energy. These are Asset Skills, Construction Skills, EU Skills, Lifelong Learning UK, SEMTA and SummitSkills. It says the number of organisations involved is causing difficulties training staff.The report identifies two key ways in which the Sector Skills Councils and the Sector Skills Development Agency can work with employers and education and training providers to improve the skills development of the workforce. The first are Sector Skills Agreements, which have been introduced as a way for Sector Skills Councils to exert strong influence to help shape the supply of relevant training and skills. The second method is using National Occupational Standards, which define the level of competence needed for a particular job role or occupation and provide the building blocks for the assessment of skills and training needs.Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: 'The London Energy Partnership has produced a useful and comprehensive report, which will help to drive future skills and training provision. To meet our science-based targets to cut London's carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2025 we must generate a major increase in demand for low carbon products and services. This, in turn, will mean more demand for those with skills and training in these sectors. The London Skills and Employment Board will need to ensure that Londoners are properly equipped to maximise these future opportunities.'

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