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Green Deal opens for consultation

24 Nov 11 Construction firms were hopeful for greater clarity on the Green Deal, after government published its consultation on the requirements needed for businesses to take advantage of the £14bn cash injection, which is billed as an economic stimulus to pull construction out of recession into growth.

Announcing the news during yesterday's Prime Ministers questions, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said the scheme would inject heavy investment to the industry over the next decade, and support at least 65,000 insulation and construction jobs by 2015.

The Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council, CITB-ConstructionSkills, is urging small and medium sized firms to take part in the consultation so they can understand the details around the Green Deal and prepare themselves with the skills they need to operate within the emerging green market.

Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, said: “Our industry is still struggling with the impact of recession and with uncertainty in our economy growing, the Green Deal has the potential to provide a much needed financial boost to the construction industry – whilst also providing jobs for workers.

“This consultation is a welcome step forward and we hope it will provide some of the necessary details that our industry needs – as well as advice and guidance on the steps SMEs must take to qualify for work around the Green Deal

“While the market for the Green Deal is yet to take shape, we cannot afford to be complacent. That’s why we’re working with industry partners to help employers prepare now new commercial opportunities.”

The full consultation document can be viewed on the DECC website. The consultation will run until 18 January 2012.

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