Green Gown Awards 2015 Learning and Skills - South Devon College - Highly Commended

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South West Energy Centre, providing training and support for a bright future in the Low Carbon Sector

South West Energy Centre (SWEC) is an award winning, unique facility providing advice, guidance and training to industry and consumers in all matters relating to the Low Carbon Sector.

The Centre has developed a wide range of training courses and is a catalyst to drive demand from business and domestic customers to open up innovative and new market opportunities for renewable technologies and to stimulate sustainable growth.

South West Energy Centre has developed a closer and more diverse working relationship between local councils and South Devon College to promote sustainability to the local communities.

Various events have taken place to engage consumers in looking at ways to live in a more sustainable way and the SWEC team have been heavily involved in several projects for retrofitting homes; providing Energy Performance Certificates and advice on making existing dwellings more energy efficient. 

Top 3 learnings

1 Communication is key to successful team work and determining the goals of the plan. This has allowed us to develop an engagement strategy for those individuals, whether employers or community, who may be new to the low carbon sector or who are looking for enhancing their knowledge or skills in this area

2 Community engagement has been vital to the success of this project, raising and prioritising the activites and being able to create a sustainable activity, which has had a real impact on the community

3 Sharing the progress of the project has allowed us to further develop and implement plans and measure the ongoing impact. Celebrating success has also allowed us to maintain key relationships with both the community and employers.

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