Over the summer of 2016 Derby City Council (a partner in the Go Ultra Low Nottingham programme) led a procurement exercise to appoint a provider to deliver a programme of training and networking opportunities in the D2N2 area. After a competitive process, CleanTech Business and Cenex were contracted as the selected delivery partner for this work.
Low Emission Vehicle Enterprise & Learning (LEVEL) delivers skills training, knowledge transfer and business networking in emerging low carbon transport technologies. Working with the cities of Derby (home of Toyota, Rolls Royce and Bombardier) and Nottingham to showcase and demonstrate low emission vehicle technologies, the programme aims to:
- Deliver a range of training courses and workshops on LCV cross-cutting technologies to meet the changing skills needs of the low emission, low energy transport sector.
- Pilot different models of training delivery ranging from tasters to accredited qualifications and utilising a range of formats.
- Build and support a cluster of highly networked SMEs, developing low emission transport-related products or services.
Within skills and training, LEVEL will be examining the fast-changing environment of the low emissions vehicle industry, especially the growing need for cross-disciplinary engineering skills (hardware, electronics, software etc.)
An exciting activity will include a collaboration with Emtec Colleges Limited (Central College Nottingham) who have led on setting standards for EV service, maintenance and repair training. LEVEL hopes to run taster courses through to IMI accredited technical online course training to grow the knowledge of the service and maintenance of EVs.
29 activities are planned over the 3 years of the programme, including a mixture of training courses, workshops, masterclasses and conferences. Upcoming events include:
- Fuel Cells Workshop on 1st February 2017
- LEVEL Conference: Digital Technology Products in March 2017
- Low Emission Vehicle Fleet Masterclass in May 2017
LEVEL also hopes to run enterprise and learning opportunities around next generation battery technologies and low emission vehicle digital engineering simulation tools.
The pilot project is being delivered by a collaboration between Cenex, CleanTech Business Ltd (Project Lead), Cenex, Derby and Nottingham City Councils, and is funded through Nottingham Go Ultra Low City Programme and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
Led by CleanTech Business Ltd, Cenex are responsible for technical input, developing short course training materials and helping shape the strategy and outputs by providing context from the low emission vehicle industry. The Cenex delivery team include Robert Evans (CEO), Steve Carroll (Head of Transport) and Dr Rebecca Gough (Technical Specialist – Energy Systems).
A new website for the programme will be launched soon.