GTEC and Highlands College create Jersey's first net zero training facility


19 June 2023

Funded through Jersey Government's Retrain initiative, Highlands College has launched a net zero training facility. The provision is designed to ensure the college is equipped to satisfy the demand for training and assessment for the technologies needed to match Government ambitions linked to the Carbon Neutral Roadmap.

The facility provides the resources required to train and assess candidates in the installation of a range of technologies, including Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) - expected to be one of the lead alternatives to fossil fuel heating.

Prior to the opening of this provision, operatives could only gain the required qualifications by travelling off- island. On-island training and assessment enable more local operatives to upskill by reducing the barriers to accessing the training required to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Jersey's transition away from gas and oil. Furthermore, future apprentices in the building services sector will now have the opportunity to work on the latest low carbon heating solutions.

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These courses, as well as others that are in the development phase, also align with the Government initiative to develop The Contractor Quality Scheme (CQS); a Jersey-specific quality assurance scheme to approve contractors wishing to carry out government funded work as part of the new low carbon heating incentive.