Join us on our journey to a low carbon future
Access high-quality technical education and develop the skills for a career in the low carbon energy industry.
Welcome to the Central London Forward Project, a partnership led by New City College and comprising nine colleges across Central London, which successfully secured a £2.7 million bid from the DfE Strategic Development Fund to pilot new and collaborative ways to develop high quality technical education in the low carbon energy industry.
Our project offers accessible and high-quality learning pathways for new and skilled workers in the low carbon energy industry, as well as advice and guidance on developing green skills to meet the growing demand for green skilled jobs. The project is focused on three key areas.
Building low carbon energy labs with industry support
We are working with industry to design and build low carbon energy learning labs, enabling us to offer new and exciting courses that meet the very latest industry standards. This means that learners can benefit from a unique learning experience that supports them to install, commission, test, and repair low carbon energy technologies. Courses available include Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Air Source Heat Pumps, Electric Storage, Electric Vehicle Charging, Retrofit, and Energy Efficiency.
Developing climate literacy teaching toolkits
We recognise the importance of developing an understanding of the climate and how we manage our impact on it. To this end, we have developed a teaching and learning toolkit to be rolled out across sixth forms, adult and community colleges, and general FE colleges in the Central London area. Our vision is for all learners to be supported to develop their climate literacy, which we believe is vital for their journey to skilled employment and active citizenship.
Provide learning on retrofitting low carbon technology and energy efficiency in older buildings
We understand that low carbon energy technology can dramatically reduce our need for energy when it is planned and designed to be used in new buildings. However, there is a key challenge of how to make the most of such new technology in older and traditional buildings. This is why we are providing learning for FE staff to understand how to approach the retrofit of low carbon technology and energy efficiency in older buildings.