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Budget Good News For Renewable Energy and Technical Training Courses.

This week's Budget, set out by Chancellor George Osborne, attempts to stimulate more progress in the growth of skills training and valuable work experience for young people seeking to take the first step on a work / career path.Aimed at those who seek technical and vocational courses, the Chancellor announced there would be funding for 12 further university technical colleges, an extra 40,000 apprenticeships for young people out of work and funding for 100,000 new work experience placements.Research conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research ( IPPR) has reported that housing demand could outstrip supply in excess of 750,000 homes by 2025. According to the Home Builders Federation (HBF), the UK needs to increase house building of all types, including eco homes, in order to meet rising demand.The coalition Government have expressed their commitment to try to redress the dwindling loss of the UK's manufacturing base over many decades. The answer lies in retraining and reskilling today's and future generations of the UK workforce in the new technologies, especially in renewable energy sources, vital to meeting EU emission reduction targets over the next 10-20 years.This can only take place by completely transforming the way we light and heat our homes, which presents a formidable challenge to create enough skilled 'green' electricians, plumbers, gas fitters and builders properly trained and qualified to undertake the essential and urgent task.So far, around 20,000 Solar PV installations under the feed-in tariff scheme with a combined capacity of 76.66MW makes Solar PV the most popular of renewable energy sources around the UK. Furthermore, it is predicted that the UK could be installing some 180,000 solar panels each year by 2015, and reaching over 300,000 by 2020.There were concerns expressed that the growing domestic PV solar power sector would be undermined and weakened by the larger industrial solar farms looking to exploit the tax free payments system. However, Chris Huhne, The Energy Secretary, has just announced that the FITs will not apply to large companies, meaning the subsidy is to remain strictly focused on the domestic home owner market.All the above spells good news for the future of renewable energy training and the rise of the committed and responsible skills training institutions. AbleSkills, recognised as one of the UK's longstanding and foremost construction training centres has been instrumental in developing their own state-of-the-art renewables energy training centre in response to the construction industry demand for fully trained, qualified and competent renewable technology installers.Since the two-storey AbleSkills Renewable Energy Centre first opened in 2010, take up on their approved City & Guild, BPEC, NICEIC renewable energy courses has been remarkable with keen interest to enroll on solar courses, including solar PV courses up to the level of City & Guilds 2372 Level 3 Certificate in Installing and Testing Photovoltaic (PV) Systems.