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Community Energy Specialist

“Community energy” is an all-encompassing term for people coming to together to reduce energy use and purchase, manage and generate low carbon heat and power. Community energy projects are often delivered collectively, with a focus on engagement, local leadership and strong positive local community outcomes. There are now around 5000 of these community groups UK-wide which often have distinct, specific localised goals with an overarching benefit of tackling climate change, energy security and the affordability of energy.


A Community Energy Specialist works in a range of different organisations including community energy enterprises, local authorities, housing associations, grid network operators, and commercial energy companies, with all Community Energy Specialists employing the following disciplines within a community energy organisation context:-

  • Identifying appropriate renewable energy and energy efficient technologies for specific buildings, sites and customers, working with local communities and site owners;
  • Working with low income/vulnerable households to advise on low/no cost measures and behaviour changes that can save energy and cost;
  • Modelling the financial feasibility of projects, identifying the level of funding required and potential sources appropriate for community energy e.g. community shares/bonds, social loans, state aid compliant grant funding;
  • Leading a team of volunteer directors to secure funding for the project, overseeing an effective marketing plan to ensure sufficient funds are raised;
  • Organising a tender for installation work, liaising with successful contractors and community members to create a project plan compliant with co-operative principles;
  • Ensuring that all necessary sector-specific legal agreements and contracts are in place between the community energy organisation, site owners, installers, and relevant authorities prior to project commencement;
  • Using sector-specific expertise to monitor the ongoing functioning of the project, managing maintenance, the financial performance of their organisation and compliance with e.g. FCA requirements, and investor returns and community benefit pot if applicable;
  • Proactively engaging in community and youth education around community energy, g. assemblies/lessons in schools, presentations at youth organisations and community centres;
  • Assisting in delivery of collective energy purchasing initiatives;
  • Assessing the social impact of each project and potential for community

Modes of delivery available

On-site at employer or off-site at any of our Impact Academy training centres
Appropriate sites
Via e-learning, e-portfolio and webinar through our e-learning platform
Tutor visits on-site at employer
Telephone and e-mail support

Delivery Model

A typical delivery model for the CES L3 standard is 24 months in duration.

Included in the delivery model:

  • Knowledge requirements
  • Skills requirements
  • Behaviour requirements
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Preparation for End Point Assessment (including mock practical task, mock knowledge test and mock interview)

Our aim is to support organisations to 
develop talent  
for a greener future

We specialise in Energy and supporting individuals with a desire to pursue a career in the Energy sector, including being the first national energy apprenticeship training provider offering Junior Energy Manager Level 3. We work with some of the UK’s top organisations in the public sector, construction and travel.