BEIS £9.2M funding for thousands to take advantage of green jobs opportunities


Thousands of training courses will be rolled out across England to grow a “skilled workforce” of heat pump and energy efficiency installers, as the Government announces the winners of the Home Decarbonisation Skills Training competition.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) says the £9.2 million funding will offer free and heavily subsidised training opportunities for installers of clean heating and energy efficiency measures.

The funding will see training providers deliver 8,900 courses at accredited centres across England for prospective heat pump and energy efficiency installers.

Business and Energy minister Lord Callanan said: “The green energy sector is driving growth and creating jobs right across the country, and this funding will make sure we have enough tradespeople trained up and able to take advantage of these opportunities.

“We are making homes greener and cheaper to keep warm and training thousands more skilled installers will ensure we keep accelerating the pace of creating cleaner and more energy-efficient buildings.”

The green energy sector is driving growth and creating jobs right across the country.

The Government says it is accelerating the pace of upgrading the energy efficiency of housing with £6 billion funding committed to 2028 in addition to £6.6bn in this parliament.

A further £4 billion has been committed through the ECO4 scheme, which is delivering home insulation measures to low-income and more vulnerable households, and the £1 billion ECO+ scheme, which will install measures in households who have previously not been able to access support through the Energy Company Obligation scheme.

The BEIS says the funding will provide training for people already working in the heating and plumbing sector who are looking to retrain or grow their existing skills, as well as for those looking to enter and work in the energy efficiency, building retrofit and low carbon heating sectors.

Training through the latest round of the Home Decarbonisation Skills Training competition will be delivered until 31 March 2023.

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