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‘Green skills’ route back to employment for Sussex skilled workers
8:49am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
Green skills could sow the seeds of a new career for skilled workers.
Unemployed plumbers, heating engineers and electricians in Sussex are to be given an opportunity to learn a new ‘green’ skill and get back into work.
The training opportunities are delivered by the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies and Jobcentre Plus.
The ‘Supporting the Unemployed into Employment Programme’ covers renewable and energy saving technologies such as solar photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal hot water, heat pump or rainwater and greywater reuse systems.
Cathryn Hickey, executive director for the National Skills Academy, said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, to deliver this programme, helping the region’s unemployed get back into work by providing services that are increasingly in demand as ‘going green’ becomes a reality for more people.”
“Installers who complete the upskilling courses will be able to acquire knowledge in the latest technologies, and meet legislative requirements under the RHI, Green Deal and FiTs.
"As part of the programme, we will be giving successful candidates a listing on our trained installer register, a database of National Skills Academy qualified trades’ people, searchable by postcode, which will help installers reach potential customers in their area.”
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