Government to fund eco-apprenticeships

The government is to help fund the training of at least 1,000 apprentices on energy-saving technology courses. The funding is part of a package of measures announced today to create […]

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By Kelvin Ross

The government is to help fund the training of at least 1,000 apprentices on energy-saving technology courses.

The funding is part of a package of measures announced today to create a skilled workforce for Energy Secretary Chris Huhne’s much-touted Green Deal programme.

And it comes on the same day that the government unveiled The Carbon Plan, which sets strict energy and climate change actions and deadlines for Whitehall.

As well as funding trainees, the government will design new apprenticeship frameworksto meet the demand of low carbon economy jobs, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change will work with employers to encourage them to take on new trainees and up-skill their existing staff.

And DECC will also offer concessions on the Green Deal installer registration fees for those organisations which take on youngsters.

The package of measures have won the backing of DIY retail giant B&Q, which last year became the first retailer to introduce a City & Guilds qualification for retail skills selling eco products.

B&Q chief executive Euan Sutherland said: “A green apprenticeship programme is a great next step towards creating a greener workforce able to advise and help more home owners access energy efficiency measures to green up their homes.”

And Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Teaching practical skills is as essential to growing the green economy as complex scientific research. Without them we will be unable to take full advantage of the huge potential for economic growth the green economy offers.

“Apprenticeships offer the perfect training for creating the skilled workforce we need – providing the practical on the job training aligned to employers’ needs. Green Deal apprenticeships will play a critical role in its success.”

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