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
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