DECC plans to boost green work force

More people will be trained to install insulation and other carbon-saving technologies

Both the energy and climate department (DECC) and the Scottish Government have announced plans to increase the number of people trained to install insulation and other carbon-saving technologies.

DECC announced a package of measures on 8 March intended to provide the skills needed to implement the Green Deal.

The business department (BIS) and the education department will partly fund the training of at least 1,000 apprentices. Many more will be needed to meet the government’s target for the scheme to support 100,000 jobs by 2015 and up to 250,000 at its peak.

DECC will devise competency standards for green deal installers, while employers and sector skills councils will cooperate by creating or revising training schemes.

“The Green Deal is a great opportunity to seal Britain’s draughty buildings. To succeed we’ll need a big injection of skills,” said energy and climate secretary Chris Huhne.

DECC’s move follows BIS’s plan to create a National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies.

The Scottish Government also plans to boost skills in energy conservation and renewables by establishing ‘green academies’.

Their number and location are currently being assessed, although they should be up and running by this time next year.

They are part of the devolved administration’s Home Energy Scotland programme.1

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