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Boris Johnson reveals £100m affordable housing boost

Train4TradeSkills Blog Boris JohnsonThe Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has secured a £100 million government investment for housing providers to help boost affordable housing in the capital.

The new investment secured by Mayor Johnson forms the latest part of his pledge to safeguard London’s affordable housing market and create new jobs in the construction industry.

By improving housing options of Londoners, Boris Johnson is providing a real boost for building professionals and people working in the trades.

Today’s investment represents an additional funding to the first £100 million Housing Covenant announced by the Mayor in September. The scheme will target housing providers who commit to starting construction on site by March 2015 at the latest.

Mayor Boris Johnson said: “This latest tranche of cash is another fantastic opportunity for housing providers in the capital to deliver the homes that this city desperately needs.

“Whether it’s for affordable homes to own, or to make better use of properties that lie empty or under-used, the fund will help working Londoners across the capital and create valuable jobs in construction.”

The Mayor, who has overseen the release of 100 hectares of Greater London Authority land since he assumed his new housing powers, announced last month that funding allocations for the first part of his Housing Covenant would deliver more than 3,000 homes and support around 6,000 construction jobs.

Developers, local authorities, charities and private organisations are all invited to bid for funding, which will be used to deliver affordable homes to own.

The Mayor also wants to hear from organisations committed to bringing empty properties or under-used commercial units back into use as affordable homes or to help London boroughs tackle homelessness. Organisations interested in submitting bids in London will need to do so by April 30. The funding prospectus for this round of funding can be accessed from here.

£1bn University Olympic Park Set to Create New Jobs

University College London has been given the go-ahead to build a £1 billion campus next to the Olympic site in east London that would create 3,300 new jobs and boost the trades.

The decision means that Newham Council will now enter into detailed negotiations with the University regarding the proposed redevelopment of the Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood, a 23-acre site in Stratford set to create and sustain thousands of trade jobs.

UCL’s proposals for the site include academic and research facilities as well as new residential accommodation for students.

The decision by Newham Council enables UCL to start construction work on the Stratford site in 2016, paving the way for new jobs in the construction industry.

The £1 billion investment is forecast to lead to significant capital investment into the borough with new employment, and a permanent major boost to the local economy.
The proposed development would also provide world class architecture, public spaces and an academic gateway to the Olympic Park complementing the existing higher education offer in Newham.

This development would play a major part in delivering real improvements in the quality of life for Newham’s residents and opening up opportunities for future generations.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: “This important scheme will also inspire our youngsters to look at what prospects are available to them as well as creating fantastic long term economic benefits for residents and creating jobs and opportunities for years to come.”

John Burton, Director of Development at Westfield said: “We are delighted that UCL plans to establish its new university campus in Stratford. This announcement demonstrates that Stratford’s regeneration is accelerating – with over 10,000 new jobs already and many thousands more set to come with UCL Stratford and further development both in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford town centre.

“We are seeing an astonishing transformation take place, and bringing one of the world’s top universities to Stratford will only strengthen its offer as one of the best connected and exciting development areas anywhere in Europe.”

£1 billion growth fund reaches out for new trade jobs

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Cleg has announced an investment of £1 billion under the Regional Growth Fund which will kick-start 130 projects across England.

The Government has estimated that today’s latest round of spending could create 240,000 jobs, many of those in the building construction industry.

The fund will help manufacturing firms, small businesses and local partnerships to expand their operations, create new jobs and stimulate economic growth.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: “This £1 billion boost for growth in towns and cities across England is creating jobs that will last in the parts of the country that need it most.

“In tough economic times the Regional Growth Fund is good value for taxpayers’ money – this £1 billion round of the fund is pulling in £6 billion of private sector investment.”

CBI chief policy director Katja Hall said: “The Regional Growth Fund is helping to meet businesses’ needs for growth capital up and down the country, enabling the successful companies to get projects off the ground.”

Commenting on the new initiative, business minister Michael Fallon, said that this is a significant investment which will help different sectors and provide strong economic boost for businesses across the country.

Mr Fallon said: “The selection process has been very fast – from companies applying to allocating funds in only five months.

“So we are keen to get a move on which is why this time, those selected have now only three months to agree final offers, and three months to complete due diligence. We want to ensure good value for the taxpayer and to get these projects started as soon as possible.”

Approval for £8bn London Development to Create New Jobs

An ambitious £8 billion redevelopment plan for Earls Court and the Kensington Opportunity Area in West London is set to pave the way for thousands of jobs in the trades.

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has today granted planning permission to Capital and Counties Properties to develop a new urban district including 7,500 new homes across four residential districts.

The Council have estimated that more than £1 billion worth of community benefits will be generated in the local area, creating 9,500 permanent jobs.  It will also include 760 replacement council homes.

The scheme will also include the building of 1,500 affordable homes, offices, educational, cultural and community facilities as well as a new five acre green park.

Residents living on the estates would be offered the chance to build new skills in preparation for the thousands of employment opportunities which will be created.

Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Cllr Nicholas Botterill, said: “This major regeneration could lead the way in lifting the country out of recession – ploughing hundreds of millions of pounds worth of investment into London’s economy and bringing thousands of new homes and jobs.

Ian Hawksworth, Chief Executive of Capco welcomed the Council’s decision to grant a planning consent for the Earls Court Masterplan which work is expected to start next year.

He said: “The proposed scheme will offer a multi-billion pound investment in both London and the local community creating thousands of new homes and jobs.”

Olympic and Paralympic Success to Boost Business Growth

Trade Minister Lord Green and Olympic Ambassador Sebastian Coe vowed today to build on the success of the Olympics and Paralympic Games by working with industry to promote British skills around the world.

An Olympics Legacy programme of trade missions and companies in the building construction sector will build on the successful completion of the Olympic venue which is set to bring £13 billion to the UK in the coming months and years.

Olympics Legacy Ambassador to the Prime Minister, Sebastian Coe, said that the Olympic legacy which London 2012 left is ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to showcase British business excellence to the world.

Coe, who is also a double Olympic Champion and 12-time world record holder in athletics, said: “The extraordinary success of the London 2012 Games has shown the best of Britain to the world and now our focus turns to securing a lasting legacy. We have already witnessed the incredible regeneration of east London, with world class facilities and a new urban park created.

“We now need to ensure that organisations up and down the country use the positive impact generated by the Games to reach out to new markets and grow their businesses.

“The British Business Embassy at Lancaster House has brought together business leaders from the UK and all over the world in a showcase of Britain’s industrial strengths and successes.”

Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Green, said that the Games have provided excellent chance to enhance Brittan’s business links with the rest of the world that will bring significant investment to the economy.

Mr Green said: “The British Business Embassy has hosted 4,000 business people from large and small firms alike. The connections they have made will deliver real economic dividends.

“We are now working hard, alongside firms around the country to follow up the contacts, networks, announcements and momentum created by the Games.”

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Jonathan Walker talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Jonathan Walker  is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Jonathan to find out how his plumbing  course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Jonathan via AudioBoo at:www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

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New Trade Jobs as Kwoks set to roll in £300m deal

A £300 million development programme, part of an ambitious £8 billion residential scheme for London, is set to start in next year following an agreement between developers.

Capital and Counties Properties (Capco) today finalised the deal with Hong Kong developers, the Kwok family, to build 800 new homes around Seagrave Road in central London.

The investment is set to bring thousands of new trade jobs for the construction industry and encourage economic growth.

Proposals include building new offices, leisure and retail space as well as a new primary school, library and open public areas. The project will include 200 affordable homes that will be offered to tenants in nearby estates.

Ian Hawksworth, Chief Executive of Capco said: “We are pleased to have completed our joint venture agreement in relation to the Seagrave Road project and look forward to starting on site in 2013 to create this exciting new residential quarter for London.”

In accordance with the conditional agreement reached in December 2011, Capco received cash consideration of approximately £67 million from the Kwok family for the 50 per cent interest in the development, which includes the Seagrave Road site and other adjacent assets.

What is your reaction to the £300 million residential scheme at Seagrave Road that will create new trade jobs? Share your thoughts by commenting here or raising your voice on our Facebookand Twitterpage.

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Gary Slater talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Gary Slater  is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Gary to find out how his plumbing  course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Gary via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

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Daily Mirror Boost for ATL as Prof Trades Up to Success

“The Man who Swapped Science for Plumbing”

A redundant scientist  is earning ‘top’ money in the plumbing industry after taking a training course with  top trades’ school ATL, the Daily Mirror has revealed.  

Leading trade skills provider ATL made news across the country today after laboratory scientist Steve Banks hung up his test tubes and went looking for a way to turn his life round.

And Steve, aged 43, who has two sons, Mathew and Daniel, as well as a three-year old girl Ruby and lives with his wife, Naomi, said he wished he had taken the plunge years ago.

Steve told the Daily Mirror: “I started looking around for courses I could do in my own time while carrying on working and asking people for recommendations and found that ATL had a very good reputation.”

When Steve was made redundant in 2009, he had almost completed his plumbing course and was about to set up his own business… Now he earns about £45,000 a year, much more than in his previous job.

Steve said: “It was great really, I got so much confidence from the course that my business grew through word of mouth.”

Altogether, Steve from Letchworth, Herts, spent about £6,500 from his redundancy money on his training. “This was a lifetime investment for me and it is paying off.”

Steve says that he is a very practical person who always enjoys doing things with his hands. He used to help his father who was working in the building trades before he retired.

Like every new thing, Steve admits that his business was slow to start with, but soon people began to ring him, saying that a friend had recommended his services. Now he is thinking of employing extra people to help him.

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Bernard Gunga talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Bernard Gunga is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Bernard to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Mobolaji Okikiolu talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 2

Mobolaji Okikiolu is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Mobolaji to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Mobolaji Okikiolu talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Mobolaji Okikiolu is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Mobolaji to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Jayson Singh talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 2

Jayson Singh is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Jayson to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Jayson Singh talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Jayson Singh is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Jayson to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Colin Glover talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 2

Colin Glover is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Colin to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Colin Glover talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Colin Glover is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Colin to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Scott Hood talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Scott Hood is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Scott to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Ahmad Shahraei talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Ahmad Shahraei is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Ahmad to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Robert Searle talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Robert Searle is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Robert to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Marian Clinciu talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Marian Clinciu is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Marian to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Aledore Alley talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 2

Aledore Alley is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Aledore to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Aledore Alley talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Aledore Alley is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Aledore to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Aledore via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

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The Guarantees Scheme to Create New Jobs

“Investment in Infrastructure Projects is Crucial for Economic Growth”  

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has unveiled a new UK Guarantees scheme to accelerate major infrastructure projects and create new jobs in the building engineering industry.

The new loan guarantees scheme will enable private sectors investors to benefit from more funding for big building projects which will generate jobs and help economic growth, the UK’s Economics and Finance Ministry said.

It follows two other significant announcements from last week in which the government committed a £9 billion investment package to improve railway networks across England and Wales; and  Funding for Lending Scheme which will enable businesses across Britain to access more and cheaper loans.

The UK Guarantees scheme will kick start £40 billion worth of infrastructure projects which will pave the way for more employment opportunities in the trades. The first guarantees are expected to be awarded this autumn.

Under the scheme, the Government will ensure that where major infrastructure projects are struggling to access private finance because of adverse credit conditions, these projects can go ahead.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, who made the announcement with the Chancellor of the Exchequer last week, said:

“The measures we’re announcing today will help work get started on many important infrastructure projects and help our major exporters, providing lasting benefits for thousands of people and a significant boost to the economy.”

Chancellor George Osborne commented that the Government’s credentials with the International Monetary Fund, and other similar organisations, have helped millions of British families and businesses to keep down the cost of borrowing.

Mr Osborne added: “Now ‘UK Guarantees’ will use that hard-won fiscal credibility to provide public guarantees of up to £50bn of private investment in infrastructure and exports.”

What is your reaction to the UK Guarantees scheme which will accelerate the building of major infrastructure projects?  Let us know what you think by commenting here or raising your voice on our Facebook and Twitter page.

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Mick Mills talks about renewable energy training with T4TS Part 2

Mick Mills is training to become an engineer with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Mick to find out how his renewable energy course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Mick Mills talks about renewable energy training with T4TS

Mick Mills is training to become an engineer with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Mick to find out how his renewable energy course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Simon Keyte talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Simon Keyte is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Simon to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Green Jobs are Vital for UK’s Energy Efficiency

The UK has been ranked as the most energy efficient country in the world according to a new study which calculates countries’ efforts to reduce energy use and shows the overall effect of green policies, contributing for the creation of thousands of new jobs in the renewable engineering industry.

The study was published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) which ranked the UK first among the world’s 12 largest economies, closely followed by Germany, Italy, and Japan, for reducing pollution in industry, transport and buildings.

British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, welcomed the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the ACEEE, emphasising the importance of low-carbon and renewable initiatives in the UK for future economic growth and sustainable development.

Mr Davey said: “The UK and the leading economies of Europe are now well ahead of the United States when it comes to energy efficiency. This is significant because countries that use energy more efficiently require fewer resources to achieve the same goals, thus reducing costs, preserving valuable natural resources, and creating jobs.”

The 12 largest economies, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union represent over 78 per cent of Global Gross Domestic Product;  63 per cent of global energy consumption; 62 percent of the global carbon-dioxide equivalent emissions.

Author of the report and ACEEE Senior Researcher, Sara Hayes, said that investment in cost- effective energy efficiency can help many countries to strengthen their economic competitiveness and create new jobs in the renewable industry.

Ms Hayes said: “While energy efficiency has played a major role in the economies of developed nations for decades, cost-effective energy efficiency remains a massively underutilized energy resource. Fortunately, there is a lot countries can do to strengthen their economic competitiveness through improvements in energy efficiency.”

What is your reaction to the new report by the ACEEE that rates the UK as the world’s most energy efficient country? Share your thoughts by commenting here or raising your voice on our Facebook and Twitter page.

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Philip Grisman talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 2

Philip Grisman is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Philip to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Philip Grisman talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 1

Philip Grisman is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Philip to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Darrell Smith talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 2

Darrell Smith is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Darrell to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Darrell Smith talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 1

Darrell Smith is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Darrell to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Sean Moore talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Sean Moore is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Sean to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Kris Pemberton talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Kris Pemberton is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Kris to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Carlton Lewis talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Carlton Lewis is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Carlton to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Stuart Bayliss talks about plumbing training with T4TS

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Justin Hall talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Justin Hall is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Justin to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Aqual Khaira talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 2

Aqual Khaira is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Aqual to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Energy Partnership between Norway and the UK to Create New Jobs

Prime Minister David Cameron and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg agreed last week a major partnership between the UK and Norway that will boost energy activities between the two countries and bring investment of millions of pounds that will create thousands of new jobs, the Department of Energy and Climate Change revealed.

The partnership between Norway and the UK is designed to secure sustainable long-term energy supplies, improve a wide range of energy activities between the two countries and encourage economic growth.

 
Prime Minister Cameron, who attended a breakfast meeting with ten leading energy companies from Norway and the UK, highlighted the importance of this partnership for closer collaboration between the two countries that will improve energy security and help economic growth.

Mr Cameron said: “The jobs and investments announced today highlight how vital the strong relationship between Norway and the United Kingdom is for our energy security and economic growth. We look forward to strengthening our partnership further, driving investment into a diverse, sustainable energy mix that delivers affordable long term supplies for consumers.”

 
Charles Hendry, UK Minister of State for Energy, said: “For many decades Norway has been one of our most trusted and valuable partners, working with us to develop North Sea resources that underpin our energy security. Mr Hendry added: “The investments and jobs announced today by British and Norwegian companies are a clear signal of the benefits of this partnership.”

Some of the commercial announcements include:
  • “Norwegian global oil services firm Aker Solutions will create 1,300 new highly skilled jobs by 2015 at its engineering hub in Chiswick. This comes on top of 1,000 new jobs it has already created in the UK over the past two years.
  • Statoil intends to invest a further £12 billion over the lifetime of the UK’s Mariner-Bressay North Sea oil fields in addition to the £6 billion they have already announced. This will lead to the creation of up to 300 new jobs in the UK in the next few years, including at a new operations base in Aberdeen, in addition to 700 UK jobs from this investment that have already been announced.
  • A new Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed between Statoil and Centrica to continue cooperation on gas supply and exploration. This builds on the £13 billion, ten year gas supply deal agreed between the two companies last November and follows the recent completion of a £1billion asset deal between the two companies that will increase Centrica’s oil and gas reserves by 29 percent.
  • The Forewind Consortium, which includes Norwegian companies Statoil and Statkraft, has confirmed its intention to develop the 9GW Dogger Bank offshore wind project off the East coast of Yorkshire, which could require up to £30 billion of investment. This project could provide more than 10% of the UK’s electricity needs. In addition to this project Statoil and Statkraft are investing around £1billion in developing the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm off the coast of Norfolk, which is already generating power and will be completed later this year. It will provide power to more than 200,000 UK homes when fully operational. The project employs 500 workers in the field and provides significant secondary employment.
  • Good progress is being made in two projects to build one of the world’s longest subsea electricity interconnectors between the UK and Norway, which will enable the UK and Norway to share renewable energy resources, with each project worth over £1 billion: NSN (National Grid and Statnett) and NorthConnect (SSE, Vattenfall, Agder Energei, E-CO and Lyse).
  • A deal between Shell and Gassco to strengthen UK energy security by providing British customers with more gas from Norway. By making better use of spare capacity in the UK gas transport system, Norwegian gas owners and transporters, including Shell, will be able to transport more gas from Norwegian fields via the Tampen Link to the FLAGS pipeline into St Fergus.”
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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Aqual Khaira talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Aqual Khaira is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Aqual to find out how his plumbing course is going.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Patrick Sangmor talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 2

Patrick Sangmor is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Patrick  to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Patrick via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills 
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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Patrick Sangmor talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Patrick Sangmor is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Patrick  to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Patrick via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Leigh Reeve talks about plumbing training with T4TS Part 2

Leigh Reeve is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Leigh to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to second part of Leigh’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills    
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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Leigh Reeve talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Leigh Reeve is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Leigh to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to Leigh’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills    

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Scott Everett talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Scott Everett is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Scott to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to Scott’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills    

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Solar Industry Associations to Clarify Good Reruns for Householders

 

The four major associations representing UK’s solar industry have joined together to support consumers and set the record straight about the current status of domestic solar power and the Feed-in Tariff, the Renewable Energy Association revealed today.

British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), the Micropower Council (MPC), the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Solar Trade Association (STA) are concerned that public opinion about renewable energy has been distorted by headlines such as “drastic cuts,” “illegal consultation,” or “huge job losses”, which do not reflect the actual reality on the ground as they obscure the truth about the renewable sector.

Industry representatives outlined the drastically falling cost in solar PV, ,making it a desirable investment to those who want to avoid increasingly rising energy bills and help tackling climate change.

Mainstream analysts expect solar power to be cheaper than buying electricity off the grid before the end of the decade. Costs in PV have fallen more rapidly in the past 12 months than any other energy technology, allowing consumers to save money in the future.

The association forecasts that solar industry has a bright future in the UK; it is exciting and becoming more popular. Industry experts think that tariffs will reduce over time in line with these significant cost reductions which will contribute for the creation of new jobs in the renewable sector.

Chairman of the British Photovoltaic Association commented that solar PV can offer clean, affordable and secure energy that people of the UK need.

You can find further information about the solar PV and read the full comments by the four major associations from here

Train4TradeSkills Radio: Alexander Gyoni talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Alexander Gyoni is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Alexander to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to Alexander’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills    

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Louis Blache talks about plumbing training with T4TS, Part 2

Louis Blache is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Louis to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to Louis’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills    

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Louis Blache talks about plumbing training with T4TS, Part 1

Louis Blache is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Louis to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to Louis’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills    

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