Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan said: "The Transform programme will change the lives of young people up and down the country. The only way we're going to solve the most pressing challenges in the economy is by working in partnership."Claire Williams, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy said: "Growth, unemployment and sustainability are big challenges for the country. Big British companies have a responsibility to make a positive contribution which is why we are taking action to create skilled green jobs in areas of low employment. "This training will make a difference to unemployed young people who will get skills and jobs as well as hard-pressed households who will benefit from energy efficiency measures." Olly Benzecry, Senior Managing Director of Accenture in the UK and Ireland said: "Accenture's Skills to Succeed initiative equips thousands of young people who are not in employment with the skills they need to get a job. The Transform partnership reflects Accenture's commitment to improving the communities in which we live and work, not only because it is helping to create employment but also because of its focus on providing sustainability training and green job opportunities." For more information, and to apply for the training, please visit http://www.globalactionplan.org.uk/transform . Notes to Editors
- Transform is a unique and innovative partnership between Global Action Plan, British Gas and Accenture that has been specifically designed to tackle the issues of youth unemployment, but in a way that helps support households most in need and lowers the country's carbon emissions.
- Operating across the UK, Global Action Plan will deliver an accredited training course through Accenture's 'Skills to Succeed' campaign and British Gas will provide job opportunities to help transform the energy efficiency of local households.
- Recruits will receive free training for a BTEC Level 3 in sustainability, developed by Global Action Plan with support from Accenture
- The Energy Company Obligation was introduced in January 2013 to reduce the UK's energy consumption and support people living in fuel poverty. It does this by funding energy efficiency improvements worth around £1.3 billion every year. The ECO will run until March 2015, supporting the installation of energy efficiency measures in low-income households and areas, and in properties that are harder to treat. It works alongside the Green Deal to give consumers support and funding for energy efficiency improvements in their homes.