Green courses launched at two Bath and north east Somerset colleges
People are being encouraged to get an education in green living thanks to £80,000 worth of funding for two Bath and north east Somerset Colleges.
Both the City of Bath College and Norton Radstock College have launched the Green Skills Academy courses after getting financial backing from Bath and North East Somerset Council.
They will provide training in renewable technologies and energy efficiency in buildings, particularly targeting unemployed young people and small businesses in the area.
The courses at the Bath college will include training in air source heat pumps, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic and the skills needed to become a domestic energy adviser.
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Principal Matt Atkinson said energy efficient technology was a key sector where jobs would become available.
He said: "In this time of environmental and economic change, the Green Skills Academy will prepare learners with the vital skills and knowledge they need to thrive in a competitive sector.
"The courses on offer will be suitable for everyone but we are particularly targeting young unemployed people and small and medium-sized businesses.
"I'm delighted that City of Bath College and Norton Radstock College have teamed up to deliver these courses and look forward to providing renewable technologies training to the workforce of the future."
Councillor Paul Crossley, leader of B&NES Council, said the scheme was a good example of how local organisations were working in partnership to tackle climate change and save energy.
He said: "The funding provided by the council is supporting communities to become less dependent on high carbon energy.
"The Green Skills Academy courses offered by the colleges are excellent and are typical of the many imaginative, effective projects underway in our area.
"These projects are a crucial part of the strategy that was recently agreed to promote environmental sustainability and tackle climate change locally. It is vital that residents, organisations and community groups work together, because no organisation can achieve this on their own."