Energy efficiency training for adult and community learners

Short courses aimed at learners with no prior ’energy’ knowledge

Project duration: October 2011 to February 2012

At the start of 2012, CSE was funded by the Skills Funding Agency to run a series of four short courses in energy efficiency at various venues around Bristol.

The training was aimed at people of all ages and with no prior knowledge of the subject with the aim of creating a network of local energy volunteers who can work within their communities to tackle climate change and cope with rising fuel prices.

The courses – promoted under the name 'Bristol gets energy' – were open to all, but were specially designed for people attending in an individual capacity or on behalf of their community, and not in a formal work capacity. The project targeted learners from deprived areas with high levels of fuel poverty.

The following courses were offered:

1) Energy basics (2.5 hours)
- How to reduce energy use at home
- What renewable energy systems are suitable for homes
- How to treat damp and condensation problems
- Hints and tips to pass on to other people and where to go for further advice

2) Energy outreach (3.5 hours)
- Demonstration of insulation materials and using energy monitors
- How to get your message across
- How to run outreach events
- Giving successful presentations

3) Reading meters and setting controls (3 hours)
- How to help others to set their heating controls and take meter readings
- Hints and tips to pass on to other people and where to go for further advice

4) Practical draughtbusting (3.5 hours)
- How to lead a draughtbusting workshop in the home
- Hands-on practice with a range of draught proofing materials to stop draughts around the home

CSE's Lead Trainer, Anna Watts, said: "We focussed this training on areas of the city with high levels of fuel poverty and designed the courses not only to show people how they can lower their fuel bills, but also to give the learners the knowledge and capacity to take their new skills back to their communities and share it with others."

You can download a small publicity flier for the training here.


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