Thermal Insulation: Training

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Labour, Southampton, Test

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Energy and Climate Change on re-training cavity wall and loft engineers to provide solid wall insulation.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Officials from this Department meet officials from the Department for Energy and Climate Change on a regular basis to discuss the Government's green growth agenda, including re-training cavity wall and loft insulation operatives and others to meet the anticipated demand for solid wall insulation. In December we announced that Government funding is available for the training of up to 1,000 Green Deal apprentices, as part of plans to insulate the UK's homes and businesses. Apprenticeships such as these offer the perfect training for creating the skilled workforce we need by providing practical on-the-job training aligned to employers' needs.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change will soon be making an announcement concerning how they are planning to support solid wall installer training.

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