Green Skills Bursaries

At the City & Guilds Foundation, we are committed to supporting net zero and developing the skills for the jobs of the future.

What are
Green Skills?

Eligible
Qualifications

How to
Apply

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Registrations for our June 2024 round are now closed and are due to open again later in 2024.

What do we mean by Green Skills Bursaries?

The transition to zero carbon is essential to the future of our society. The changes required to build thriving, sustainable economies will require a ‘greener’ workforce, with some jobs reducing, others increasing, new jobs created and the addition of new skills to existing occupations.

As you take this exciting step of starting or continuing your skills development, you may be curious about how you can contribute to this changing economy. But first, let’s clarify what we mean by ‘green.’

Green Jobs

Employment in an activity that directly contributes to - or indirectly supports - the achievement of [the UK’s] net zero emissions target and other environmental goals, such as nature restoration and mitigation against climate risks (Green Jobs Taskforce).

Green Skills

The technical skills, knowledge, behaviours, and capabilities required to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation + Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)).

Eligible Qualifications

If you are potentially interested in a green job, you will need to ensure you have the necessary credentials and qualifications. Below is a list of all ‘green’ qualifications available at City & Guilds, as well as the careers that they can lead to.

Automotive
Qualifications

Energy
Qualifications

Building Services
Qualifications

Environmental
Qualifications

Construction
Qualifications

Land Based
Qualifications

Employability
Qualifications

Utilities
Qualifications

Automotive

Automotive Maintenance and Repair Qualifications – Electric and Hybrid vehicles (7290)

Levels 1-4

Our Automotive Maintenance and Repair qualifications are for anyone interested in starting or developing a career in the motor industry, whether you want to maintain and repair different types of vehicles, fit and replace parts and tyres, run your own car valeting business or work on hybrid vehicles.

What careers can this lead to?

Tyre Fitter, Car Valeter, Light Vehicle/Heavy Vehicle/Motorcycle Service Technician, FastFit/Tyre Technician, Light Vehicle/Heavy Vehicle/Motorcycle Diagnostic Technician, FastFit Supervisor, and running your own business.

Building Services Industry

What careers can this lead to?

These qualifications can lead directly into employment in the EV Charging sub-sector in roles such as Electrician, Installer and Engineer.

Electric Vehicle Charging Installation Qualifications (2921)

Level 3

We worked with employers and professional associations to design a new EV Charging industry standard, and a set of qualifications aimed at skilled electricians, installers and engineers wishing to upskill, to safely install and maintain Electric Vehicle charging points.

Retrofit Qualifications (7618)

Levels 2-3

Our Retrofit qualifications have been developed in collaboration with industry specialists to develop knowledge of the requirements involved in retrofitting, and how this impacts the installation and preparation of a property retrofit system.

What careers can this lead to?

Retrofit installers, assessors, advisors, coordinators, evaluators, and designers.

What careers can this lead to?

This qualification can lead to careers in Building Services, Plumbing and Electrical Installation.

Building Services Studies Qualification (7201)

Level 1

This qualification allows learners to gain the core skills and knowledge required for further qualifications and employment and/or career progression in building services, plumbing, or electrical work.

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualifications (6189)

Levels 2-3

Our Plumbing and Domestic Heating qualifications develop the skills and knowledge to the standard that’s recognised by the industry for a successful career in domestic plumbing and heating.

What careers can this lead to?

Heating and Ventilation Engineer, Specialised Craftsperson (Plumber or Heating Engineer), Project Development Manager, and Senior Skilled Operative.

What careers can this lead to?

Domestic electrician for small independent businesses or providers of homes and residential services - such as local authorities and housing associations, housing construction companies, care homes, electric utility companies and other companies providing services to the residential market.

Electrotechnical in Dwellings Qualification (Domestic Electrician) (5393)

Level 3

This new Level 3 Apprenticeship standard is for learners wishing to become competent Domestic Electricians, working in properties such as homes, dwellings, or individual units in e.g. care homes, apartment buildings and student accommodation.

Domestic Energy Assessor (6371)

Level 3

This qualification is aimed at anyone interested in energy efficiency and working, or looking for work, as an energy assessor in the construction sector.

What careers can this lead to?

This qualification can lead into a career as a Domestic Energy Assessor.

Construction

What careers can this lead to?

A wide range of building maintenance and treatment and insulation roles.

Insulation and Building Treatment Qualifications (5931)

Levels 2-3

Our Insulation and Building Treatment qualifications are official recognition of the knowledge and skills needed to install insulation or carry out building maintenance work. You can choose from a range of qualifications to match your particular specialism such as external wall insulation or different types of floor insulation.

Level 2 Award in Sustainability and the Green Environment (7617)

Level 2

This qualification is suitable for those who desire to develop or improve their knowledge and understanding of Sustainability and the Green Environment in a range of industries and sectors.

What careers can this lead to?

Sustainability Officer/Co-ordinator/Advisor and other job roles which have responsibilities for sustainability reviews and planning within businesses and organisations.

What careers can this lead to?

A variety of roles within land-based industries (environmental conservation).

Level 2 Certificate in Sustainability and the Green Environment (7617)

Level 2

This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to understand sustainable working practices for a specific job role, future job role and ongoing training. It is especially useful for those who want to work within sustainability or who have been given responsibility for sustainability within their organisations.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Qualifications (5546)

Entry – Level 2

Our Employability Skills qualifications are aimed at anyone who wants to live a more independent life, progress in education, and/or improve their employment prospects; get into a job, develop on the job, or move onto the next job as they progress along the career ladder.

What careers can this lead to?

These qualifications can support individuals to progress into a job across all industries.

Energy

What careers can this lead to?

Domestic Energy Assessment, Non-Domestic Energy Assessment , Air-Conditioning Energy Assessment, and Green Deal Advice.

Energy Assessment Qualifications (6361)

Levels 3-4

Our Energy Assessment qualifications provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to work in energy assessment, building a competent workforce to meet the requirements of the industry.

Environmental Services

Sustainable Waste Management Qualifications (0746)

Levels 2-3

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to assess occupational competence in various areas of the waste management industry, including the competence of the learner to act in a safe, efficient manner appropriate to and in accordance with industry requirements.

What careers can this lead to?

Waste Collection Driver, Waste Collection Operative, Team Leader, Waste Site Operative, Weighbridge Operative, and Waste Supervisor

What careers can this lead to?

Jobs in the recycling industry, from collection and segregation to supervisory and management roles

Sustainable Recycling Qualifications (0748)

Levels 1-4

Our Sustainable Recycling qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to work in accordance with industry requirements in various areas of the recycling collection and segregation industry, including supervisory and management roles and Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE).

Principles of Sustainable Resource Management Qualifications (7517)

Level 2-3

Our Certificates in Principles of Sustainable Resource Management are technical certificates that support the Apprenticeship in Sustainable Resource Management, providing a solid foundation for a broad range of occupational roles at both operator and supervisory levels.

What careers can this lead to?

Waste and recyclables collection, Transfer Station Operative/Supervisor, Compost Operative, Materials Recycling Facility Operative/Supervisor, Recycling Operative, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, Treatment Supervisor, Landfill Supervisor, and Sustainability Officer.

What careers can this lead to?

Electrician, Plumber, and Mechanical Engineer.

Installation, Service and Maintenance of Environmental Technology Systems Qualification (2399)

Level 3

These qualification has been developed in response to the need for domestic-scale low carbon and environmentally friendly technologies, this qualification contributes to Continuing Professional Development for qualified electricians, plumbers and mechanical engineers who wish to broaden their skills.

Land Based Services

Safe Working in Agriculture and Production Horticulture (0279)

Level 2

This qualification aims to provide people working within agriculture and production horticulture with knowledge to help them protect their own health and safety and the health and safety of employees who may be affected by their activities.

What careers can this lead to?

Landscape or horticulture supervisor, Landscape construction, and a range of other roles in horticulture and agriculture production.

What careers can this lead to?

Agricultural/Horticultural Technician, Gardener, Horticultural Garden Centre Worker, Production horticulture, Horticulture, and Landscaping for Sports Turf, Parks, Gardens, Cemeteries, and Green Space.

Work-based Horticulture (0065)

Levels 1-3

Focusing upon the principles and practices of horticulture in a work-based environment, the learner will be able to start or build on a career in areas of interest, such as landscaping, production horticulture, sports turf or Parks and Gardens.

Horticulture (0078)

Levels 2-3

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to work with plants – from maintaining turf as a groundskeeper, to caring for plants as a gardener, to designing gardens and parks as a landscape artist.

What careers can this lead to?

Groundsman/greenkeeper, Gardener, Garden centre worker, Manager, Landscaper, and Landscape designer.

What careers can this lead to?

Landscaper, Nursery worker, Gardener, Grounds maintenance manager, Fresh produce technician/supervisor, Commercial unit manager, Golf greenkeeper, Tree worker (ground/aerial), and Forest craftsperson/contractor/operator/supervisor.

Technicals in Horticulture and Forestry & Arboriculture (0174)

Level 2-3

These qualifications are for learners who are interested in developing the specific technical and professional skills and knowledge that will lead to meaningful employment in the Horticulture, Forestry and/or Arboriculture industries. Learners will explore a wide range of industry areas.

Practical Horticulture Skills (7573)

Levels 1-2

Focusing upon the fundamental practical skills in horticulture, the learner will be able to learn skills such as planting out, preparing ground, pruning, using a mower, maintaining turf or constructing a path.

An Award, Certificate or Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills is for young people (16+) and adults getting started in the horticulture industry (Note: City & Guilds Foundation can only fund bursaries for those over 18).

What careers can this lead to?

Gardener, Greenkeeper, Groundsperson, Garden centre worker, and Landscaper.

What careers can this lead to?

Engineering Maintenance Technician and Vehicle Breakdown Engineer.

Work-based Land-based Service Engineering (0059)

Level 2-3

The diploma in Work-based Land-based Engineering Operations develops the skills and knowledge you’ll need for a successful career as an engineer in this sector.

Forestry and Arboriculture (0077)

Levels 2-3

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to work with trees and forests – from planting young trees and pruning older ones to monitoring the health of a whole woodland.

What careers can this lead to?

Tree surgeon, Forest worker, Forest officer, and Arboricultural worker.

What careers can this lead to?

Forest worker, Forest officer, and Arboriculturalist.

Trees and Timber (0083)

Level 2-3

The Diploma in Work-based Trees and Timber enables you to develop the skills in forestry and arboriculture that employers are looking for. Pathways include forestry establishment, maintenance and harvesting, green wood trades, and arboriculture.

Countryside and Environment (0076)

Levels 2-3

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to work in the countryside – from managing an estate as a gamekeeper to monitoring animal populations to keeping a river healthy for fishing. You’ll learn with a training provider and gain practical experience that will give you an edge in the world of work.

What careers can this lead to?

Countryside ranger, Conservation officer and Gamekeeper.

Utilities

What careers can this lead to?

They allow candidates to progress into employment or to an apprenticeship standard such as the Power Network Craftsperson. Employment opportunities include working with: Substation plant, Underground Cables, and Overhead lines.

Electrical Power Engineering Qualifications (2304)

Level 2

Our Electrical Power Engineering qualifications have been developed by industry employers, sector skills councils, and EU skills, which allow candidates to learn, develop, and practice the skills required for employment and career progression in the power industry.

Smart Metering Qualification (7428)

Level 2

These qualifications were developed to provide the knowledge and skills that the workforce requires to be competent in installing and maintaining Smart Meters, which are part of the Government’s green agenda to provide real time energy consumption information to consumers and energy companies.

What careers can this lead to?

These qualifications are designed for those installing and maintaining Smart Meters for electricity, gas or dual fuel. Many of the skills learnt are transferable to other jobs in the gas and power industries.

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