Bedford MP Richard Fuller has praised local company, Carillion Energy Services for its commitment to training and apprenticeships.
The MP was keen to see how the company was creating sustainable jobs in Bedford and the impact that this was having upon skills in the area.
Mr Fuller met senior managers and also had the opportunity to speak first hand with renewable installation engineer, Jake Marsden who gained vital training on the installation of solar photovoltaic panels at the Academy and qualified fully in October 2010.
Richard said: “I was really pleased to see first hand the scale of the Training Academy and I am particularly proud that Carillion Energy Services have chosen to use Bedford as the location for their UK Training Academy. Green Skills and employment are vital to the development of both the local and wider economy and here in Bedford, we are actively involved in developing these.”
Carillion Energy Services are at the forefront of the low carbon economy and have a strong commitment to the training of apprentices on eco-skills such as heating, insulation and renewable technologies particularly solar photo voltaic. In 2010, the wider Carillion group sponsored 2500 apprentices across the business.
Graham Tidball, Director of Contracting, “We were really pleased to welcome Mr Fuller to the Training Academy and see first hand the excellent facilities that we have. We have had over 150 trainees attend Solar Photo Voltaic training through the Academy and many of these have now gone on to work on our Clean Energy Programme which installs Solar Photovoltaic on the properties of Housing Associations at no extra cost to the tenant, but can result in financial savings to the householder as well as making a real climate change impact. We believe that there are genuine opportunities in this sector which is why we are committed to building what we call a green collar workforce – here in Bedford and indeed throughout our business.”