BRITISH Gas and the Welsh Assembly have committed to creating the UK’s first dedicated Green Skills Training Centre for training thousands of people into green energy jobs. It will be opened in Tredegar, in the South Wales Valleys, later this year.
With JobMatch, Jobcentre Plus, Summit Skills and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council as strategic partners, the Green Skills Centre will train more than 1,300 people each year. This will include specialist provision to help enable local long-term unemployed people to find work in emerging green economies. British Gas will also use the centre to train new staff and up-skill its existing workforce in renewable technologies.
The Green Skills Centre is expected to play a key part in helping to drive regeneration, aid sustainability and reduce fuel poverty in a region where regeneration activity is centred on building local economic growth and eliminating higher than average levels of social deprivation. In particular, the hope is that it will help the Welsh Assembly deliver energy-efficiency measures to 40,000 homes, including the installation of large volumes of micro-generation and renewable technologies.