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Electrical course attendees could fill 'retrofit skills gap'

A construction expert has described how a skills gap could soon open up, which tradesmen who have taken electrical courses may be keen to fill.

Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders, described how the Green Deal retrofit agenda will mean there will be demand for engineers who know how to install certain devices.

It may be that technicians with electrical course qualifications are in a good position to step into these roles, with Mr Berry suggesting there may be increased uptake of training in key areas next year.

"There is a skills gap ... if we are going to deliver the Green Deal, but how we create that demand still hasn't been worked out," he remarked.

In his opinion, retrofitting is one of the main areas of growth in the industry, which is still recovering from the global downturn.

Research by Wilkins Kennedy showed the number of construction businesses going bankrupt climbed 19 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared with the final three months of 2010.

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