Oldham Council has been helping residents to go green and supporting them to gain new skills – increasing their chances of gaining employment.
Recently the local authority secured funding for a number of residents to take part in the Introduction to Energy Efficiency course at the Groundwork Office, on Shaw Road.
The course was for unemployed residents over 19 years old and attendees learned about how to reduce the risk of falling into fuel poverty and how you benefit financially and save money by changing the way you use energy.
Participants also were told about how reducing your carbon footprint can help improve the environment.
It is hoped a number of residents who passed the course will now go on to take a qualification as a Domestic Energy Assessor.
They’ll then be able to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) – documents laying out how energy efficient a domestic dwelling – which are needed before a property can be sold.
Councillor Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Oldham Council is leading the way as a co-operative green authority, as we look to become more energy self-sufficient at a time when fuel bills are continually on the rise.
“As part of this green energy campaign we are committed to helping individuals and community groups by creating new training and career opportunities in green industries.
“The Introduction to Energy Efficiency course supports our ongoing initiative to Get Oldham Working by equipping unemployed people with the skills so they can look to gain employment.”
The Introduction to Energy Efficiency course was delivered by Nationwide Energy Training Services.
For more information contact Laura Dodd at Laura.Dodd@oldham.gov.uk or on 0161 770 3438.