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An essential prerequisite to a career in tax is obtaining the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification. Due to the varied and hands on nature of the work in Taxand Ireland’s office, I have found working in tax very beneficial when preparing for the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) exams and conversely, I have found the knowledge I have acquired as part of the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) course has assisted me massively in my day to day work with Taxand Ireland (William Fry).

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Energy efficiency initiatives cutting heating bills and creating jobs

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Energy efficiency initiatives cutting heating bills and creating jobs

Friday, January 23, 2015 

Energy efficiency initiatives cutting heating bills and creating jobs

Minister for Energy Alex White announced this week that energy efficiency initiatives are cutting heating bills and creating jobs.

The statement was made as he was announcing €13.2 million funding for the better Energy Communities Scheme in 2015.

Almost one-sixth of Irish homes had benefited from Government funding energy efficiency upgrades, supporting an average of a 3,500 jobs a year.

More than €300 million in grants have already been provided to householders under the Better Energy Programme through the SEAI. 

Where are the Jobs?

Work remains in limited supply for craft workers with regard to new housebuilding, but their skills base can be adapted  to growth areas in the construction industry.

The Green Economy is generating significant potential for jobs: 

  • The skills of plumbers and electricians transfer efficiently to wind energy, photovoltaic and bio-mass programmes.
  • Carpenters and plumbers are up-skilling in rainwater harvesting and air-tightness systems
  • Plasterers are engaging in energy saving insulating programmes for inside and outside of houses.
  • BER (Building Energy Regulation) upgrading is providing new opportunities for bricklayers and plasterers.

Regulation and Legislative changes are contributing to job creation:

  • Landlords are now required to register with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) and the standard of accommodation in many cases requires upgrading.
  • New Legislative requirements for Portable Appliance Testing have generated additional jobs in the electrical trades.
  • Stairlift installation and remodelling of homes for downstairs toilets/showers, supporting homecare packages for our aging population are further growth areas for construction sector workers.
  • In recent years the emphasis on certification has been heightened by the Central Energy Regulator (CER). All gas installations must now be completed only by certified installers. In the electrical trades each completed installation must be certified by a competent person whose company is a member of RECI or ECSSA.  It will soon be mandatory for all testers to hold certification in testing and assessment of electrical installations. 

Details of the Better Energy Communities Scheme in 2015 are available here.

Is a career in the Renewables Sector for you? Explore the sector here and visit Sector Expert SEAI for details of related occupations, courses, career events and opportunities.

The CareersPortal Team