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Green budget plans need training investment

Investment in skills is needed if the Government is serious about meeting the tougher targets set out in the budget according to the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

CIPHE chief executive Blane Judd said: “If we’re going to be able to meet the new target for carbon reduction set today by the Chancellor, the Government must ensure that investment made in the development of skills delivers the right type and level of qualifications to produce young men and women with the necessary levels of skill required by the marketplace to tackle the carbon war.

“Previous government schemes have failed because the level and type of qualifications provided have fallen short of industry expectations.

“We must also not forget that a large amount of carbon is produced in the home and there is a lot more we can do to reduce this through the correct installation and maintenance of efficient plumbing and heating systems.

“By driving up the standards of education within building services engineering we will create competent installers who in turn will increase the confidence of consumers in renewable technologies.”