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Solar skills training launched in London

A project providing training and support for people who want to pursue a career in the solar industry has been launched by Solar Energy UK and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

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With the intention of developing a solar PV learner curriculum, the Solar Skills London project aims to create a series of introductory workshop for potential new solar industry trainees.

Placement programmes for trainees will also be created with solar businesses in and around London, and grant schemes will be utilised to help London’s solar businesses provide training for their employees.

“We are delighted to launch this project with the mayor of London,” commented Solar Energy UK chief executive Chris Hewett. “Solar power is clean, affordable and straightforward to deploy.

“This project will help equip the next generation of skilled solar technicians and boost London’s hopes of delivering a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Solar Energy UK is calling on the government to enable the deployment of 40GW of solar energy in the UK by 2030, triple today’s levels.

Deputy mayor for environment and energy Shirley Rodrigues said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Solar Energy UK to invest in London’s solar workforce.

“This programme will provide training and apprenticeships in solar technologies and help create more green jobs in the renewable energy sector.

“The mayor has ambitious plans for solar energy in London which will support his target of reaching net zero carbon by 2030 and support green jobs for Londoners, a key part of his Green New Deal mission for London’s recovery.”