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Government announces funding for insulation training

The government has announced plans to provide funding to at least 1,000 apprentices in a bid to train them in cavity wall and solid wall insulation.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg announced the measures under the Green Deal programme and explained that a skilled workforce is necessary to help combat climate change.

He said: "These apprenticeships are a perfect example of how government and business can work together towards a low carbon future."

Meanwhile, energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne suggested that the development of a green economy is vital in helping support job growth and reducing fuel usage.

In order to develop the workforce, the Department of Energy and Climate Change will provide sufficient funding to match employer demand for apprentices aged 16 and over.

The Green Deal was introduced by the government in December's Energy Bill and aims to help private firms to "revolutionise" the energy efficiency of British properties.