A FURTHER education college in Portsmouth has launched a new scheme to produce the energy saving experts of the future.
Highbury College’s national skills academy for environmental technologies, based at North Harbour, will provide training in solar thermal, rainwater reuse, heat pumps and energy awareness.
The aim is to give plumbers, electricians and engineers a competitive advantage to ensure they are prepared for greener jobs of the future.
Stella Mbubaegbu, principal, said: ‘This academy will meet the needs of the construction sector and support it going forward into the low carbon economy.’
The timing couldn’t be better, as government grants are making greener technologies more affordable as they aim to cut 34 per cent of carbon emissions by 2020.
Cllr Cheryl Buggy, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, who officially launched the academy last week, said: ‘We’re very proud of what Highbury College has achieved. They are at the forefront of environmental technologies and sustainability.
‘We have to start doing things differently to take care of our planet and the city needs a skilled workforce to do this.
‘People don’t just gain the skills they need through osmosis – they need to come to a place like this to learn them.’