Funded ‘green' training opportunities for Staffordshire and Shropshire's unemployed

Unemployed plumbers, heating engineers and electricians in Staffordshire and Shropshire are being given an opportunity to learn a new ‘green' skill and get back into work thanks to funded training opportunities 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; increasingly popular thanks to Government schemes like the Green Deal, Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed in Tariffs (FiTs).

"We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, to deliver this programme, helping the regions unemployed get back into work by providing services that are increasingly in demand as ‘going green' becomes a reality for more people." Commented Cathryn Hickey, executive director for the National Skills Academy.

"Installers who complete the up-skilling courses will be able to acquire knowledge in the latest technologies, meeting 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; helping installers get found by potential customers in their area", Cathryn concluded.

To get involved, contact your local Jobcentre Plus: Potential learners will be provided with an overview of the opportunities available to them and will need to confirm existing qualifications and experience.

For more information about the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies and your local training centres, visit:


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