Staines, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — August 6, 2009 – British Gas and the Welsh Assembly Government have announced they will open the United Kingdom’s first training center dedicated to green energy skills 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 Center will train over 1,300 people each year. This will include specialist provision to help enable local, long term unemployed, people to find work in the emerging green economies. British Gas will also use the Center to train its new staff and up-skill its existing force in renewable technologies.
The Green Skills Center, which has a key part to play in helping to drive regeneration and reducing fuel poverty, will help the Welsh Assembly Government deliver energy efficiency measures to 40,000 homes, including the installation of large volumes of microgeneration and renewable technologies, as part of its Heads of the Valleys Low Carbon Programme. Achieving this goal would create the largest Low Carbon Zone of its kind in Europe.
First Minister Rhodri Morgan welcomed the investment to create a center of excellence in skills training for the rapidly growing green energy sector.
“The Heads of the Valleys was the crucible of the world’s first energy revolution, which was based on fossil fuels and the Assembly Government is now working to ensure this area is at the forefront of the future energy revolution promoting renewable sustainable green energy and low carbon housing,” said Morgan.
Phil Bentley, managing director of British Gas, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for British Gas to be involved with a unique skills center which will deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. We fully support the U.K. government and the Welsh Assembly Government in the creation of low carbon zones and the new Green Skills Training Centre in the Heads of the Valleys will play a key part in helping to up-skill communities to enable them to take their place in the emerging green economy.”
British Gas is already working with a number of local social housing providers to install renewable technologies into properties that have been identified as being energy inefficient.