ABBE to resume printing certificates.

We are pleased to announce that we will be despatching printed certificates on a monthly basis. We aim to continue printing certificates on a monthly basis until we are able to return to our offices. We will update you on any further developments on this as they arise.

We will dispatch certificates to your office, unless you give us an alternative address. Please note, we are only able to accept one address per centre. We are not able to dispatch certificates to individual learners. Please contact ABBE by email on: abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk to inform us as to where we should send your learner’s certificates, if your usual address is not in use.

In the time between receiving your CRF claim and when we are able to print and dispatch hard copy certificates, we will continue to send an electronic TIF. Certificate to your centre.

E-Proctoring

In light of the disruption caused by Covid-19 to the sitting of examinations, we are researching the possibility of implementing an on demand, online, electronically proctored examination system.

This system allows learners the flexibility of taking their exam in any suitable environment (e.g. at home or in the office), only requiring an internet connection, a webcam and software. The system ensures the security and validity of the examination.
We will update you further on this as soon as we have more news.
If you are interested in being involved with this development, please contact abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk

ABBE Customer Satisfaction Survey

We are interested in capturing your views on our qualification provision and service. We would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the survey for us.

The survey focuses on several aspects of our business and aims to capture your responses so that we can act to improve or change our business approach.

  • The survey will be sent to all centres w/c 3 August 2020.
  • We will not share your views or opinions with anyone outside of ABBE.
  • There are 20 questions in this survey.

EQA Activities

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we will be continuing with Remote EQA Activities for the foreseeable future. This is in line with Government and medical advice and requirements for social distancing. If your centre would like to discuss this further, please email us at abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk

Government announce new £2bn Green Homes Grant scheme and Stamp Duty Holiday

Stamp duty

The chancellor has announced a temporary holiday on stamp duty on the first £500,000 of all property sales in England and Northern Ireland.

The tax threshold has been temporarily raised until next March to boost the property market and help buyers struggling because of the coronavirus crisis.

The changes have come in with immediate effect. For more information click here

Green Homes

From September 2020 homeowners are able to apply for a £5,000 Green Homes Grant voucher to pay for the installation of energy saving home improvements.

This is part of a new government grant scheme comprising a £3 billion investment to help the UK meet climate change goals. The scheme will officially launch in September with applications for required energy efficiency measures distributed to local accredited installers.

Once one of these suppliers has provided a quote and the work is approved, the voucher is issued. Approximately half of the fund will be distributed to the poorest homeowners, who will not have to contribute anything to the cost. Improved energy solutions like cavity and loft insulation can save households up to £600 a year on energy bills and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

ABBE Green Deal Qualifications

ABBE offers two Green Deal qualifications which are:

ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Green Deal Advice
ABBE Level 4 Diploma in Non Domestic Green Deal Advice

Please see their details below:

ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Green Deal Advice: 600/5488/8

Qualification purpose

This qualification has been developed to enable learners to demonstrate the professional requirements expected by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as laid down in National Occupational Standards (NOS). This qualification is required to apply for membership of a certification scheme, accredited in their turn by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Holders of this qualification are also eligible to practice as Domestic Energy Assessors (DEA) and issue Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

Who could take this qualification?

The qualification is available both to experienced energy assessment practitioners and also to those who have little or no previous background knowledge or experience of conducting energy assessments or delivering energy advice.

ABBE Level 4 Diploma in Non Domestic Green Deal Advice: 600/6025/6

Qualification purpose

The need for the ABBE Level 4 Diploma in Non-Domestic Green Deal Advice has been brought about by the Government’s implementation of the Energy Bill which received Royal Assent and became the Energy Act 2011 in October 2011. The Act is intended to provide a legal framework within which energy efficiency measures can be delivered to homes and businesses, and to enable and secure low-carbon energy supplies and fair competition in the UK’s energy markets.

This qualification has been developed to enable learners to demonstrate the professional requirements expected by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and laid down in National Occupational Standards (NOS). The government is committed to reducing the overall greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

This qualification is required to apply for membership of or employment by a Green Deal Advice Organisation (GDAO) that has been certified by a certification body, accredited in their turn by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). This qualification provides the underpinning knowledge and competency required for someone to work as a Green Deal Advisor and Assessor for non-domestic properties. Holders of this qualification are eligible to practice as Non-Domestic Green Deal Advisors and issue Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).

The qualification is available both to experienced advisors and also to those who have little or no previous background knowledge or experience of the Green Deal and/or the Energy Company Obligation or delivering advice over the telephone from a call centre or other location removed from the customer/client advice.

This qualification confirms occupational competence. Holders of this qualification are eligible to practice as Non-Domestic Green Deal Advisors and issue Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).

Who could take this Qualification?

This qualification is a professional qualification for those who wish to pursue a career as a Non-Domestic Green Deal Advisor. Once qualified, Non-Domestic Green Deal Advisors register with an Accreditation Scheme which accredits them to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

The qualification is available both to experienced energy assessment practitioners and also to those who have little or no previous background knowledge or experience of conducting energy assessments or delivering energy advice. The qualification is equally suitable for new entrants to the sector seeking to begin a career in energy assessment.

This qualification can be taken as preparation for employment as well as professional development for those interested in specialising in this area.

Funding

Extra funding for Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and Level 2 and 3 qualifications for 18-19-year-olds

On 8 July 2020 the Treasury announced the second phase of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a targeted Plan for Jobs. The plan includes a bundle of initiatives which focus on supporting people to find jobs and to gain the skills they need.

The plan includes extra funding for:
• Apprenticeships
• Traineeships
• The Kickstart scheme for 16-24-year-olds which will fund 6-month work placements with training
• Level 2 and 3 qualifications for 18-19-year-olds for an extra year of learning.

For further details please click on ‘Plan for Jobs’.

ESFA reveals spending and audit rues for £96m 16-19 COVID tutoring fund

Colleges and other 16 to 19 providers will be paid an additional £150 per disadvantaged learner next year to help them catch-up with the studies they missed during the Covid-19 pandemic. But providers will need to prove that the funding has been spent to support tuition activity “above and beyond the programmes of education already planned for 2020/21. For more details please click here.

The Health and Safety Executive issue more guidelines for COVID-19

HSE is calling for businesses in Great Britain to make sure they’re COVID-secure as more sectors get back to work. As part of the call to action, employers are reminded of their duty to protect workers and others from harm, including taking reasonable steps to control the risk and protect people from coronavirus.

Risk Assessment

Make sure that you properly assess risk and are COVID-secure. All employers must protect people from harm, which includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus.
This is called a COVID-19 risk assessment and it’ll help you manage risk and protect people.

Find out what to include in your COVID-19 risk assessment.

Social distancing

To reflect the latest Government guidance following the easing of lockdown measures in England, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) ‘Site Operating Procedures (SOP) – Protecting Your Workforce During Coronavirus (Covid-19)’ have been updated.

Published on 1 July, Version 5 of the SOP procedures include the ‘one metre plus’ social distancing guidelines requiring workers to stay two metres apart, or one metre with risk mitigation where two metres is not viable, with the expectation that sites will maintain the social distancing measures in place.

CLC’s SOP are based on government guidance on working safely during coronavirus – construction and other outdoor work; other restrictions and advice may apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

HSE’s website also has specific guidance on social distancing in the workplace.

HSE has also published a range of guidance and advice, which you may find useful. It includes information on:

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak
Our guidance will help you manage the risk associated with restarting or running your business, across a number of topics.
Hand sanitiser and surface disinfectants
Advice on how to use, manufacture and supply hand sanitiser and surface disinfectant.
Air conditioning and ventilation
Advice on how to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus microsite.

There is guidance on GOV.UK from BEIS on how to make a range of workplaces COVID-secure. Separate guidance is available for Scotland and Wales.

Customer Contacts

As always, please feel free to send the ABBE Newsletter to any colleagues in your business who you think would benefit from this information. Alternatively please contact us on abbeenquries@bcu.ac.uk with your email details in order for us to add them to our distribution list.

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