Workers with approved electrical qualifications could prove invaluable to a new scheme that was announced yesterday (November 26th) by Partnerships for Schools and the secretary of state for children, schools and families Ed Balls.

The project will see £12 million invested in installing top-of-the-range smart meters in schools across the country, providing them with detailed information on their electricity use.

Chief executive of Partnerships for Schools - which will partner British Gas in overseeing the scheme - Tim Byles said he believes the new technology could save the institutions money, while also making children more environmentally aware.

"This technology is also a great way to harness young people's interest in the environment and embed behaviours which they can use beyond the school gates," he explained.

Workers who have taken electrician training courses could be in demand to install the products, or others similar in homes and buildings across the country.

The government recently outlined plans to fit smart meters in every home by 2020 as part of a £13.7 billion investment programme.

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