Today Global Action Plan is announcing the launch of a new partnership project that will help 1,000 young unemployed people get a job in the green economy.
The jobs, created by a partnership between Ashden Award winner Global Action Plan, British Gas and Accenture, follows a recent report by the Work Foundation which finds that since the start of the recession, youth unemployment in the UK has risen faster than any other G8 nation.
The Transform partnership, supported by Jobcentre Plus, will give free sustainability training to 1,400 17-25 year olds not currently in education, employment or training. Every person that successfully completes the course will earn a BTEC qualification and is guaranteed an interview with British Gas – the UK’s largest energy supplier.
One thousand full-time roles have been created by British Gas, as part of its ECO (Energy Company Obligation) programme, to help deliver housing regeneration projects in local communities, enabling hard-pressed households to become more energy efficient.
Accenture supported the development of the training through its Skills to Succeed programme which will equip 500,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. Global Action Plan will help target young unemployed people within the local community and will deliver the training.
Under ECO, British Gas will deliver hundreds of community projects to install energy saving measures in homes– helping to cut energy bills, pulling households out of fuel poverty and saving millions of tonnes of carbon.
In November and December 2012, Transform was successfully piloted in Walsall and Glasgow where all 17 jobs on offer were filled.
Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan said: “This is the culmination of a considerable amount of work which was partly kick-started with a donation provided through Ashden. We are incredibly grateful to their foresight in backing our initial idea. As a result are now delivering a significant project that will cut carbon, reduce youth unemployment and help cut fuel poverty.”
Simon Brammer, Ashden UK Programme Manager, said: "We are delighted that our support programme is helping GAP to demonstrate that sustainable energy and energy efficiency is not only a no-brainer in tackling climate change but is demonstrating time and again that it creates new green jobs, gets the unemployed back to work and puts much needed money back in the local economy while keeping us all warm."
Global Action Plan won an Ashden Award in 2008 for helping businesses reduce energy consumption and waste production.
For more information, and to apply for the training, please visit www.globalactionplan.org.uk/transform