Smart Meter AcademyPrincipal Andy Forbes cuts the ribbon with Jackie Chapman, Director of Employability and Employer Engagement, left, Ian Dean, Director and founder of Nationwide Training Services, right, and guests at the launch of CONEL's new Smart Meter Installation Academy.

Energy experts have hailed a new Smart Meter Installation Academy as an “innovative development” that will create jobs in the industry.

The academy at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) was launched in response to the Government’s commitment to install 50 million smart meters by 2020.

Tottenham and Enfield are also undergoing huge regeneration, including the Meridian Water project and developments at the Electric Quarter and Alma Road estate.

Run in partnership with Nationwide Training Services (NTS), the academy will offer a 14-month Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer apprenticeship or a short 14-week course.

College Principal Andy Forbes cut a ribbon to launch the Academy and open a new smart meter workshop at CONEL’s Tottenham Centre on 5 October.

Smart Meter AcademyAcademy will support Government commitment to install 50 million smart meters by 2020.

Guests from across the energy and construction industries and public services providers including Smart Energy GB, Amey and Homes for Haringey, attended the event.

Hyacinth Foster, Employment and Social Regeneration Manager for Homes for Haringey, said: “In terms of job creation there will be plenty of opportunities with the regeneration of Tottenham over the next 20 years, which will require the installation of smart meters.

“We’ll be promoting the academy to our tenants that this is something they could take up.”

Also among the guests was Professor Titus Olaniyi, an energy and engineering specialist from the Afe Babalola University in Nigeria.

He said: “What I see here is an innovative development in meeting the Government’s target for smart meter installation.

“It will create job opportunities for people in this country and further afield. It’s not just about installing smart meters, but making more creative and efficient use of energy.”

The academy will provide training in the installation of smart meters, gas and electrical testing procedures, customer guidance on energy efficiency and health, safety and environmental legislation.

Mr Forbes said: “We’ve found a great partner in NTS and we’re grateful for their investment in ensuring CONEL continues to provide first class, technical training, leading to more skilled sustained jobs in the community.”

Call 020 8442 3442 or click here to find out more about apprenticeships at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).


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