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Project Coordinator SERT

Fresh out of uni undertaking a wide scope of projects to improve the profitability and efficiency of SERT. We offer workforce solutions including recruitment and training in a wide range of...

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  • Aug 4, 2022

We made the local news 🎉 A little insight on how we at SERT Recruitment and Training are proactive in addressing the skills gap that threatens the UK's progression towards Net-0.

Achieved not only by supporting existing heating engineers and electricians' transition into renewable vertices but also by bringing employment opportunities closer to schooling through our collaboration with our local Multi-Academy Trust. Bringing visibility to the industry that has recorded a skills shortage for many years in hopes of inspiring young people's career paths 💡 

We're currently the UK's best-kept secret but a proud moment for us as our efforts finally get some attention 🎙

Our unique offering of a recruitment x training hybrid is providing the UK with unparalleled support to the workforce that will install and maintain the green infrastructure of our future. Thinking of calling them our 'Green Army'!? 🛠

With the drive and passion to address further social issues threatening the space, such as; female diversity in the trades, we're aiming for our next development to be big enough for BBC news 🎯

I would love to hear your thought on Green Skills Development and how we could help spread our reach in the comments section below. 

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Matt Chester on Aug 4, 2022

I love seeing the next generation of clean energy advocates/innovators/supporters being inspired. Kudos!

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Callum Belch on Aug 5, 2022

Thanks Matt, not time to celebrate just yet with lots to do! We've been working on a 'War room' Green Room to break down the Net-0 challenges and inspire collaboration through 'hackathons' with Primary/Secondary and University students. Not only providing us with out-the-box thinking but allowing them to be a part of that journey and see their solutions implemented firsthand! Very excited to share their developments next term. 

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Julian Jackson on Aug 12, 2022

Is this just classroom training, or do they get to visit wind farms or power stations, etc?  I think the large scale of operations and their complexity would amaze and inspire them. They do me, and I'm an adult :-). It makes you realise what is actually behind simply flicking a switch in your home.

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Callum Belch on Sep 23, 2022

Unfortunately, this is not within our capabilities as we have no direct alignment with wind farms or power stations. We're developing a key stage 4 module so students can learn about clean heating - but just what is covered by our expertise. This being said, I will propose a field trip to the school as I agree entirely, understanding the supply chain would complement their understanding of these technologies perfectly. 

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Henry Craver on Aug 12, 2022

It's important this starts early, especially for students who don't intend to continue on to masters degrees and the likes. By the time people have started careers and have kids and mortgages, the prospect of a comprehensive retraining program is pretty daunting. 

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Callum Belch on Sep 23, 2022

I agree with you completely Henry. Pre-college many don't know what route they want to take so it's important less popular routes gain the same awareness as universities etc. Essential in addressing the current skills shortage and aging workforce. 

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Todd Carney on Aug 17, 2022

This is a fascinating piece! The economy is always changing and new industries are developing at least every generation, if not sooner, so it is wonderful to see young people getting on the ground floor!

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Callum Belch on Sep 23, 2022

Thanks Todd! Inspiring and motivating their innovations may just see the development of much-needed carbon capture technologies. Fingers crossed


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Mark Silverstone on Sep 26, 2022

Thanks for posting this Callum. I have a 15 year old grandson who I am «nudging» toward a career in renewables. 
Can you offer any advice on how best to prepare for training such as what you are offering in Gosport?

I am guessing (but please correct me) that your clients/students vary in age from about 18 to 40 or so. Do they usually have a skill/trade or are they on a path to one? What are you most looking for in prospective clients/students?

Your secret is out! I look forward to hearing more.


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Callum Belch on Sep 28, 2022

My pleasure Mark. In terms of preparation candidates just need to hold an interest. Courses for new entrants are designed to take candidates from 0 to Hero and the bespoke nature of SERT Training ensures focus on topics individuals may find more challenging.

Unfortunately, there are currently no direct entry routes into renewables (I will let you in on another secret - we're working hard on that ;) ), pathways are facilitated through Gas or Electric as the new technologies are based on these core skills.

To paint a picture for you, when installing a Heat Pump would need to cap off the gas which requires both training and experience in the field to be Gas Safe. 

Candidates can range from 18-55+, we work with 14-16 year olds to bring sector awareness in hope to inspire their future career choice. It will work for some, and not for others - which is perfect! As Julian Jackson has said above, even a basic understanding of what goes on behind the scenes makes you appreciate what happens behind the flick of a switch. 

Where are you based Mark? My LinkedIn is attached to my profile so please feel free to respond to this question in private to discuss opportunities further. 

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