Smart meter training in the UK received a boost this week with the opening of a bespoke centre for electricity and gas metering education.
The Utilities Academy, which is a joint venture with energy recruitment company Spencer Ogden, was set up to train smart meter engineers in preparation for the UK's nationwide rollout, kicking off in 2016.
Neil Robertson, chief executive of Energy and Utility Skills, said: “The energy sector is gearing up for a significant challenge to ensure the government’s investment in this roll-out is carried out with the correct workforce, skills, and knowledge.
"Our mission is to ensure our energy industries have the skills they need now and in the future; the Utilities Academy is a fine example of just that."
Preparing for smart meter rollout
The UK is estimated to need 14,000 gas safe accredited dual fuel and smart metering engineers to roll out 53 million smart gas and electricity meters by 2020.
Daniel Coleman, managing director of the Utilities Academy, said: “Our training has been designed to emulate exactly what a smart meter engineer will encounter in their daily work.
"We are the only company able to provide this much-needed quality training to the energy industry and we’re hoping this will be the first of many centres across the country.”
The purpose-built facility in Bradford, in the north of England, has secured accreditation with the National Skills Council, BPEC, Gas Safe Register, CITB and NSAP and Gold Provider of Independently Assessed Energy & Efficiency Assessors.