£3.5million in funding is to made available for training on key green skills ahead of the launch of the Green Deal, in addition to the 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships announced earlier.
Green Deal is an energy efficiency scheme aimed at improving millions of draughty, energy-inefficient homes and office buildings across the UK. The scheme aims to create an estimated 65,000 jobs by 2015.
The necessary trained, skilled professionals are vital in delivering Green Deal Advice Reports and installers of insulation are important to resource Green Deal and why the funding is important for training purposes.
Ed Davey said:
“This money will help hundreds of people gear up for the Green Deal and ensure this scheme is a real success on the ground. We have worked hand in hand with industry to get this right and are targeting funding at the areas where there is an urgent need as well as a clear demand. We hope this will encourage businesses across the country to fully prepare their staff for the launch of the Green Deal later this year.”
CITB-ConstructionSkills CEO Mark Farrar said:
“Training shortfalls have been identified as one of the main barriers to the success of the scheme. We have invested funds to tackle training shortages and unlock commercial opportunities for SMEs and we welcome DECC’s commitment to skills and training by doing the same thing. We are now calling on employers and the supply chain to also invest in sustainable skills training for their workforce, so they too can capitalise on the Green Deal.”
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