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Apprenticeship training course

Community energy specialist (level 4)

Helping communities work together to reduce energy use and costs. Promoting energy efficient heating.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Business and administration
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Community and corporate engagement: Organise and coordinate meetings, workshops, and events with community groups and champions, enabling engagement with private enterprises, local, and national
  • Leadership: Demonstrate full familiarity with the community in order to coordinate all stakeholders in a community energy project and ensure the pogression of actions in the project through to
  • Negotiation: Engage and influence people on the telephone and in person, from community volunteers to those in executive positions, effectively handling objections and encouraging support for community energy
  • Communication: Generate a range of media appropriate to the community energy sector such as social media posts, blogs, flyers, newsletters, and briefs to effectively disseminate information and raise
  • Public speaking: Effectively deliver presentations and engage with community members and other stakeholders at public, internal, and stakeholder
  • Project management: Select and apply appropriate project management principles and techniques to the specific context of community energy to successfully run and complete projects as part of a
  • Risk management: Identify the risks and mitigating strategies associated with community energy
  • Financial management: Use community energy specific computer software to assist in financial modelling and accounting of projects, interpreting information from the financial models to drive community energy projects to
  • Project funding: Identify and apply the correct community funding approach to a project’s
  • Site and building evaluation: Identify the most suitable renewable energy technologies and/or efficiency measures for implementation on a community
  • Report writing: Develop clear, structured, reports of action to support the project, tailored for community energy audiences that may not have detailed knowledge of technologies and
  • Data analysis: Conduct market research, and collect and analyse data to justify projects and evaluate their outcomes, for example identifying local potential for community investment and suitable sites for
  • Problem solving: Anticipate issues arising from the changing community energy marketplace and use a range of problem solving techniques to to address challenges faced in the development of community energy
  • Administration: Provide administrative support for community business development and operations, effectively maintaining client records and project
  • ICT skills: Effectively use a keyboard, operate standard Office software and learn/use relevant other IT programmes as required

Full information on Community energy specialist (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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