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Climate Change Minister Greg Barker gave the keynote address at an event to officially launch the Green Deal Skills Alliance.
Highlighting the crucial importance of having the right skilled professionals delivering the Green Deal to households and businesses across Great Britain, Greg Barker praised the work that the three Sector Skills Councils - Asset Skills, Construction Skills and Summit Skills - have already done as part of the Alliance:
Already, each of the respective Sector Skills Councils have been working with my department to deliver some fundamental pieces of the jigsaw. Their commitment and expertise has been invaluable in helping us deliver the Green Deal.
The event marked the midpoint of a very successful series of free national ‘Green Deal Connections’ events which the Alliance has organised to raise skills awareness and help facilitate the Green Deal process. The events have attracted a large number of delegates including energy efficiency assessors, installers and learning providers.
More details of the Green Deal Connections events and work the Alliance is doing to support the Green Deal can be found on the Asset Skills website.