PLUMBERS, heating engineers and electricians in the Ashbourne area struggling to find work are being given an opportunity to learn a new ‘green’ skill as part of a project 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, 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 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 and a database of National Skills Academy qualified trades’ people.
To find out more visit www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus or contact the skills academy by visiting www.nsaet.org.uk/funded