British Gas has created 1,400 full time jobs to regenerate homes in local communities in Britain as part of its ECO (Energy Company Obligation) program.
The energy supplier will be partnering up with environmental charity Global Action Plan and employment specialists Accenture to create long-term employment in sustainability within the UK making homes more energy efficient.
The Energy Company Obligation is the government initiative that replaced the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) at the end of last year. It focuses on making the homes of vulnerable customers more energy efficient to aid them in affording their energy costs.
In a press release British Gas said the move followed a recent report by the Work Foundatio, which found that British youth unemployment has risen faster than any other G8 nation. Currently over one million 16-24 year-olds are not in any form of training, education or employment. The partnership is also supported by Jobcentre Plus.
Sustainability training will be provided for free for 1,400 17-25 year olds who are not in education or employment, gaining them a BTEC qualification at the end of the course and an interview with British Gas, the UK’s largest energy supplier.
Claire Williams, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy said that big British companies had a ‘responsibility’ to make a positive contribution:
Growth, unemployment and sustainability are big challenges for the country. Big British companies have a responsibility to make a positive contribution which is why we are taking action to create skilled green jobs in areas of low employment.
Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan said: “The Transform programme will change the lives of young people up and down the country. The only way we’re going to solve the most pressing challenges in the economy is by working in partnership.”
“This training will make a difference to unemployed young people who will get skills and jobs as well as hard-pressed households who will benefit from energy efficiency measures”.