Dual Fuel Smart Meter Training Courses / Apprenticeships
By the end of 2020, around 50 million smart meters (gas and electric) will be fitted in over 26 million households across Wales, Scotland and England. This is the biggest national infrastructure project in our lifetimes. Smart meters are part of the Government’s plan to bring our energy system up to date. The gas and energy suppliers are required to install smart meters in every home and business in Great Britain.
The current phase of the national roll-out of smart meters is about making sure all the groundwork is in place. Suppliers, systems and networks are being built and tested. The Government is working with the energy industry, consumer groups and others to:
- set the regulatory and commercial framework
- get the necessary organisations up and running, including Smart Energy GB and the Data Communications Company
- plan the infrastructure needed to start the main installation phase
The gas and electricity suppliers are using the foundation stage to:
- start to train smart meter installers to meet the standards set by Ofgem for installation
- make sure their internal systems can handle smart meter data
- run trials and test installations, to iron out hitches and make sure that their customers get the best experience from installation
Some suppliers are forging ahead during this phase and are already installing early-generation smart meters on a large scale with over 1.5m smart meters fitted since Jan 2012 and 60,000 fitted during May 2015.
The smart meter roll-out really gets going in 2016
The gas and electricity suppliers are responsible for planning and delivering smart meter installation. They can do this however suits their customers and business best, but they must meet the Government’s overall timescale and targets along the way.
All the energy suppliers have different plans for smart meter installation, depending on factors like the location of their main customer base.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change will manage the implementation of the programme, and monitor its progress.
The energy regulator Ofgem is responsible for making sure consumers are protected during the installation phase (and beyond). They’ll ensure that the energy suppliers stick to the standards set out in the Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICOP).
To deliver this it is estimated that between 7,000 to13,000 engineers will be required depending on the number of dual fuel installations that are possible within a day. This varies from 2/3 to 6 but it is likely due to the complexity of the installations for a dual fuel installation that it will be nearer to the lower number per day increasing the number of engineers required. Plus it is likely that there will be quite a high turnover of engineers as people enter the industry, work for a period of time and then move on and up to different roles.
Earnings also vary but look to be between £21k to £28k depending on the location, experience and skills with a key factor being the engineer’s ability to communicate and interact in a professional manner with the customer as a very important part of the installation will be explaining, setting up and demonstrating the home information display units to the customer so they can get the maximum benefit from the equipment.