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HIGHBURY College has secured £200,000 funding from central government to subsidise training for environmental technologies.

The training will be available to businesses who can help residents improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

The funding is part of a £3m deal which sees Highbury partnering with East Hampshire District Council, Energy Alton, Solent Green Deal and Havant Borough Council.

The funds were awarded as part of the government’s Green Deal, which helps residents to make energy-saving improvements to their homes.

The college will be offering local businesses free environmental awareness training, a 50 per cent discount on energy efficiency training courses, on a first-come, first-served basis, and will subsidise the certification to become a Green Deal installer for 200 installers.

Cllr Richard Millard, East Hampshire District Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for commercial contracts, said: ‘We are thankful to the Department for Energy and Climate Change for this really beneficial funding.’

College executive director Dee John said: ‘This money will really help businesses to make the most of the opportunities offered by the growing energy industry.’