Energy secretary Ed Davey has officially opened the new expanded facilities at The Power Assessment and Training Centre.
Mr Davey was welcomed to the Centre by Carshalton and Kingston college principal Peter Mayhew-Smith, corporation chairwoman Mavis Peart OBE and Power Centre director Vince Glover.
The secretary of state was given an overview of the Power Centre low carbon skills provision before undertaking a tour of the new Centre.
Mr Davey discussed the new Power Centre and the courses offered with both tutors and learners before a round table discussion involving partners within the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies for which the Power Centre is a Lead Hub.
Mr Davey said: “I am impressed by the range of and quality of the training available - and it’s a perfect match with the government’s green energy agenda.
“Equipping people with these skills of the future is a great investment in the green economy and will help hundreds of thousands of local people save money on their energy bills.”
The Power Assessment and Training Centre, a partnership between Carshalton and Kingston Colleges, provides industry responsive gas, plumbing, electrical, construction and renewable energy courses.
It aims to ensure that employers across the building services engineering, construction and low-carbon energy sectors have the skills required to increase productivity and take advantage of emerging business opportunities.
Mr Glover said: “As the UK continues its transition to a low-carbon economy it is vital that The Power Centre is able to respond to the requirement for new low carbon skills that the building services engineering and construction sectors will require in order to take advantage of government policy around renewable energy and energy efficiency.
“We are delighted that the energy secretary is here today to officially open our new facilities and pledge his support for our initiatives as we lead the way in delivering training across a range of environmental technologies and Green Deal-related courses.”