Invitation to tender for training of health workers and relevant organisations in energy efficiency for private sector dwellings
14 September 2005, News release from London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Private Housing Services of London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham are seeking an organisation that we can work with to help promote energy efficiency for private dwellings. In particular we want to raise awareness of various funding schemes for energy efficiency improvements by training key workers and organisations who come into contact with vulnerable households. We are inviting appropriate organisations to tender for the specification as detailed below.
We deal with a range of issues for private residential dwellings in the Borough. A key aspect of our activities is to optimise the energy efficiency of these dwellings. To achieve this, it is the aim to facilitate the provision of a modern central heating system and to provide adequate insulation. Council grants can be given for this work to private householders on low income and householders can also be referred to EAGA Partnership for a Warmfront grant. We are also keen to promote discounted heating and insulation schemes to those households that do not qualify for grant aid.
The purpose is to train front line health professionals, council staff and voluntary organisations who come into contact with vulnerable private households in energy efficiency and to raise the awareness of the issues of fuel poverty and exess winter deaths. Training will also be given on grants and other funding schemes available for private sector residents of Hammersmith and Fulham to facilitate these improvements.
This will enable the front line worker to identify appropriate heating and insulation improvements that are necessary and to make referrals to the relevant funding scheme.
You will work with Private Housing Services of the Council and liase with the Primary Heath Care Trust, to identify those workers and organisations who would benefit from the training and to arrange appropriate training sessions.
At the end of the training session the trainee should:
· Have a basic knowledge of fuel poverty and exess winter deaths and how energy efficiency impacts on them.
· Understand the principles of energy efficiency for domestic dwellings. In particular they will have a basic knowledge of different heating systems and heating controls and to be able to identify them. They will be aware of improvements that can be made to efficiently heat a dwelling, especially through gas central heating and the importance of suitable controls. They should also be aware of improvements that can be made to effectively insulate a dwelling.
· Be aware of the eligibility for grant aid for Hammersmith and Fulham residents to carry out energy efficiency improvements and of discount schemes available if the resident does not qualify for a grant.
· Be able to refer a resident for the appropriate type of funding
The training sessions should be supported by relevant literature that will highlight the issues referred to above.
You should be able to demonstate that you are aware of the importance of energy efficiency and its impact on fuel poverty and exess winter deaths. You should also be able to demonstrate that you have experience in training in energy efficiency issues relating to private sector housing and that you have a knowledge of local authority and Government funding for energy efficiency improvements. It would also be an advantage if you have worked with local authorities in any similar schemes in the past.
The training will be for a minimum duration of 3 years and you are invited to tender for providing annually 10 training sessions for health professional staff, 7 sessions for council staff and 8 for voluntary organisations. It can be assumed that there will be 10 people attending each session and that the venue will be provided by the organisation. Include in your tender an amount for providing training literature for each trainee.
|Each training session for health professionals, council staff or voluntary agencies|
|Training literature for each session for 10 trainees|
|Total for training over 3 years with 25 training sessions for each year|
|Total for training literature over 3 years|
If you would like a tender pack please contact:
Private Housing Services
77 Glenthorne Road
London W6 0LJ
Tenders must be received by us by the latest 12noon 14th October 2005.
For further information please contact John Davies on 020 8753 1237 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org