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British Gas creates 1,000 skilled jobs for the young unemployed

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British Gas has today announced plans to create 1,000 skilled jobs over the next three years.

All the roles will be filled by unemployed young people.

The jobs, created through a partnership between leading environment charity Global Action Plan, British Gas and management consultancy firm Accenture, follows a recent report by the Work Foundation, which found since the start of the recession in 2008, youth unemployment in the UK has risen faster than any other G8 nation.

1,000 full-time roles have been created by British Gas, as part of its ECO (Energy Company Obligation) programme, to help deliver housing regeneration projects in local communities, enabling hard-pressed households to become more energy efficient.

Accenture supported the development of the training through its Skills to Succeed programme, which will equip 500,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. Global Action Plan will help target young unemployed people within the local community and will deliver the training.

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".

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