650 new training places to support low carbon economy in Scotland

650 new training places have been announced for employers working to support a low carbon economy in Scotland.

The new places, to be delivered through Skills Development Scotland (SDS), are being funded with the support of the European Social Fund to enable employers to upskill and reskill employees in low carbon technologies as part of the Scottish Government's drive to maximise the economic benefits of greener business.

The Scottish Government, with the support of European Social Fund money, has invested £585,000 to fund these training places this year.

The fund will be open to all private sector, voluntary and community-not-for-profit organisations, employing less than 250 staff, whose current or intended business activity is in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and/or carbon reduction. The initial focus will be on skill needs within the built environment, including microgeneration, and energy efficiency.

To qualify for the funded training places, businesses must demonstrate their work fits with the following Increasing energy efficiency of products and/or the built environment, Increasing energy efficiency relating to process improvements and installing lower carbon products or renewable energy resources.

SDS is working closely with Sector Skills Councils to deliver this training initiative, with tSector Skills Councils involved including Construction Skills, Energy and Utility Skills, ProSkills, Summit Skills and Asset Skills. The Low Carbon Skills Fund will be available for companies operating within those sectors.

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive, Skills Development Scotland said: "The low carbon skills fund will provide businesses with access to sector specific training to help improve their performance, efficiency and improvement processes around low carbon."

"By developing a highly skilled, more confident workforce Scotland will be able to maximise the benefits of its natural resources in these vital emerging sectors."

Further information:
Scottish Government