The UK’s first Green Skills Training Centre will be built in Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys later this year according to an announcement from British Gas and the Welsh Assembly Government. The centre will provide training for up to 1300 people a year, including up-skilling existing British Gas employees in renewable energy technologies.
The new green jobs created by the training provided through the Green Skills Training Centre will help the Welsh Assembly Government meet its commitment to reducing carbon emissions through increasing the energy efficiency of 40,000 homes. In addition, the programme aims to reduce fuel poverty experienced by many in one of the worst affected areas of the UK, therefore providing social as well as environmental benefits.
Renewable energy technologies, such as solar thermal panels that will be installed by British Gas at one couple’s home in Pontypool, and micro generation technology will be incorporated into homes resulting in less demand for fossil fuel generated energy, potentially having a significant impact on reducing the area’s carbon emissions and could see the area named as Europe’s biggest Low Carbon Zone if the aims are realised.
Managing director of British Gas, Phil Bentley said,
“Our investment here today is a clear indication that we are committed to supporting the communities that we work and operate in. We fully support the UK 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.”