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NEWS SOLAR PANEL SCHEME BOOSTS NOTTINGHAM’S GREEN SKILLS CREDENTIALS


E.ON and Nottingham City Council announce the completion of a major energy infrastructure project in Aspley, Nottingham.


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n one of the single largest domestic photovoltaic (PV) schemes to be delivered in the UK, the installation of solar panels to 592 council homes in Aspley further cements Nottingham’s reputation as the UK’s most energy self-sufficient city.


This large scale energy infrastructure project has delivered significant energy savings, estimated to total up to £72,000 per year. During its seven-month run the project has also been responsible for bringing valuable green skills training and work experience opportunities to Nottingham job seekers, helping to boost their prospects of securing work. Taking part in free training sessions and work experience on site at Aspley, the Nottingham-based trainees, aged between 20 and 55, enjoyed interaction and access to experienced operators and specialists in the energy field, while gaining invaluable on-the-job training to develop essential skills for working in the renewable energy sector. In all, the scheme provided over 700 hours’ work experience and 75 hours’ worth of training time for the 10 participants. Tim Lowe took part in the training course to boost his working knowledge after earning an electrician’s


qualification at college. He said: “This course has given me the chance to build upon the knowledge I gained at college with real-life working examples. And the best thing is the week’s work experience that I’ll complete as part of the course, which will help to boost my CV and put me in a better position for job opportunities.” Thomas Buss, Head of Microgeneration at E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business, said: “This project has been a great success, not only for the residents who are set to benefit from lower bills, but for the trainee electricians who have experienced first-hand what it’s like to work in the fast-growing sustainable energy sector. The skills and knowledge they’ve acquired will equip them for new employment opportunities and provide Nottingham with the skilled workers it needs to support its renewable energy future.


“Nottingham is a great example of a city working hard to build its sustainable energy provision by boosting the local workforce, and we’re pleased to be able to partner with the city council to provide the training and experience that will enable local people to contribute positively to the city and the region’s economy.” www.eonenergy.com/sustainable


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FT FINLEY APPOINTED TO EN PROCURE ELEMENTAL WORKS FRAMEWORK The North West’s leading building, refurbishment and maintenance services company, FT Finley, has been appointed to the EN Procure Elemental Works Framework to carry out maintenance and improvement works on housing across Yorkshire and the Humber. There was an


unprecedented level of interest from contractors to join the framework and FT Finley had to prove that its work was of a consistently high standard, could be delivered in a timely manner


and was competitively priced in order to be appointed to it. Developed by Efficiency North, a consortium of social housing providers in Yorkshire and the Humber, the framework has an estimated demand value of £975million and it will provide works, materials and services to any public sector body or Social Landlords in the region. The framework also offers its members provisions for local training, employment programmes and sustainability initiatives. Fred Finley, MD of


FT Finley, commented: “We have a lot of experience working alongside other contractors on social housing projects and it’s great to be part of this solid framework. The model is a very efficient way of operating, meaning that both money and time will be saved by all parties


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involved. These savings will be invested back into the local communities, bringing social and economic benefits. It’s a fantastic framework to be part of and we look forward to working with the other parties involved.” www.ftfinley.co.uk


LEICESTER CITY COUNCIL CHOOSES GRASP FOR MOBILE WORKFORCE


SCHEDULING AND MANAGEMENT Wheatley Associates has announced that Leicester City Council has chosen its GRASP mobile workforce scheduling and TODAY mobile communications software. Leicester City Council will initially implement Wheatley Associates’ GRASP and TODAY software to organise the efficient and dynamic deployment of its skilled mobile workforce on the


planned and reactive repairs, maintenance and renovation activities in relation to its social housing stock to improve both efficiency and tenant satisfaction. As the largest landlord in Leicester with over 22,000 properties, the City Council has a large pool of 450+ skilled trades people for whom it needs to organise work schedules on a daily, even hourly, basis. “Planning daily work schedules for such a large skilled mobile workforce, ensuring that the right people with the right skills are on site at the right time, is no easy task,” said Amrik Singh, Planning and Major Works Manager at Leicester City Council. “We needed a system that could not only plan the schedules but also respond dynamically to the changes happening in the field for all our operatives.


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