Accord Group | Walsall College

Accord Group

The Company:

Made up of a family of seven organisations, the Accord Group is one of the largest housing organisations across the West Midlands. With size and power comes responsibility, and the company take their social responsibility extremely seriously.

The Accord Group set itself a corporate mission to become the greenest housing association and called upon Walsall College’s support to help them achieve this aim. The Accord Group’s Fit for the Future campaign aimed to help more than 370 residents and 300 young people cut their carbon footprint, and support the West Midlands region to develop as an economic hub of ‘green technology’.

The Training: 

Specialist staff training was necessary to make the project work, and The Accord Group worked with Walsall College’s awarding organisation (asfi) and Mears (a contractor used by the Accord Group) to create a bespoke qualification, specific to the company’s training needs.

The industry-led qualification was the first of its kind, and equipped staff with the skills and knowledge to not only install solar and photo voltaic panel technology, but to also maintain it. It also provided staff with the knowledge to give suitable energy advice, including detailed facts and figures about energy consumption to customers.

The Impact: 

Natalie Jones, Head of Business Transformation, said: “asfi were well placed to develop an industry led training course of this kind, giving the organisation access to a bespoke training solution. The qualification was developed with a range of expert input. Tremendous efforts were made to go through rigorous procedures, in order to gain approval from the relevant sector skills councils.

“It is with asfi’s expertise and knowledge that we now have access to a fantastic qualification, which has undergone further refinement to become a Diploma in Sustainable Construction.”

ASFI (Accredited Skills for Industry)

Walsall College is one of the first colleges in the UK to establish an awarding organisation. asfi works in partnership with employers, supporting companies to develop and accredit bespoke training programmes.

asfi has worked in conjunction with several companies to develop short, nationally recognised and accredited modules of study, delivered largely in the workplace. In addition, asfi helps companies to identify future company and employee needs, to create accredited programmes that satisfy individual and company aspirations.

For further information please contact Carl Jordan, Director of ASFI on 01922 651174 or email

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