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Nutech parters with Accrington and Rossendale College

Blackburn training business, Nutech, has partnered with Accrington and Rossendale College in a bid to expand its services.

The firm, which is a subsidiary of energy training academy Bglobal, has seen overwhelming demand from people in the Blackburn area to start a career within the energy industry.

Tim Jackson-Smith, chief executive of Bglobal, said: “We are experiencing rapid developments in the energy industry and with it comes a need for a new skilled workforce.

“The Government’s plans for a national roll out of smart meters by 2019 means there is an urgent requirement for an estimated 10,000 skilled workers to aid the replacement of over 53 million gas and electricity meters over the next five years.

“Nutech, which was established last year to meet this demand, received an excellent response from the local community.

“We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Accrington and Rossendale College, which will mean we can offer the courses to even more students.”

The business has paired up with the college to offer people in the local area to fill a skills gap created by the Government’s Green Deal, which has been created to support energy efficiency in homes and business premises.

Nutech has introduced a series of new courses at its Blackburn headquarters, including a specific Green Deal advisor course.

Students will be also able to undertake the Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering at the firm’s new base at Accrington and Rossendale college, as well as a Gas Foundation and Level 3 Domestic Gas Safety course.

The college’s principle designate, Sue Taylor, commented: “We’re thrilled to be providing the local community with an opportunity to take advantage of Nutech’s smart meter training courses.

“We want to encourage anyone who is interested in signing up to come along to the college and find out more.”

Mr Jackson-Smith added: “The introduction of the Green Deal has also brought a requirement for trained workers who can conduct assessments of buildings that are entering into the Green Deal plan.

“The Government predicts that the Green Deal will create 100,000 jobs by 2015, so we are keen to ensure there is provision and adequate training for those wishing to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The Government’s Green Deal has been established to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020.

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