Skip to main content

Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00766: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) college courses and (b) apprenticeship places specialise in the (i) energy-efficiency and (ii) low-carbon sector.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 22 July 2016

The main energy efficiency and low carbon modern apprenticeship (MA) frameworks are wind turbine, gas and energy efficiency and sustainable resource management. Other MA frameworks such as construction specialist and construction building also include energy efficiency and low carbon content. Details of participation in these frameworks is outlined in the following tables:

Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Sector Frameworks 2015-16 (As at 31.03.16)

Frameworks

Starts

In Training

(As at 31.03.16)

Gas Heating and Energy Efficiency/Gas Industry*

38

93

Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance

2

19

Sustainable Resource Management

27

36

Total

67

148

 

*This included participation on both the Gas Heating and Energy Efficiency and the Gas Industry frameworks as there has been some movement of MAs between these frameworks.

Frameworks

Starts

In Training

(As at 31.03.16)

Construction Specialist

195

273

Construction Building

1,480

3,313

Total

1,675

3,586

While these are the main low carbon and energy efficiency specific frameworks, some individuals on other frameworks, such as construction or plumbing may also go on to undertake wider industry or vendor specific courses that allow them to specialise in low carbon or energy efficiency units. For example, a fully qualified roofer being trained to install solar panels.

Data on the number of college courses in the (i) energy efficiency and (ii) low-carbon sector is not held centrally. The Scottish Funding Council is responsible for collecting data on college students and courses in Scotland.