Energy giant unveils plans for 1,000 jobs that will provide opportunities for youngsters currently out of work

British Gas has announced plans for 1,000 skilled jobs that will be filled by young jobseekers over the next three years.

The opportunities are being created as a result of a new Transform partnership with environment charity Global Action Plan, Accenture and the energy giant.

The scheme, which has also been backed by Jobcentre Plus, will provide free sustainability training to around 1,400 17 to 25 year-olds who are unemployed and not going to school or doing other training.

There are currently more than one million young people in Britain who would fall into this category.

The announcement comes in the wake of a Work Foundation report, which revealed that since the recession first began Britain's youth unemployment figures have increased faster than any other G8 nation.

All youngsters who successfully complete the course will walk away with a BTEC qualification and are guaranteed to have an interview with British Gas.

The 1,000 new roles at the energy provider have been created as part of an ECO (Energy Company Obligation) programme.

This aims to enable low-income households to become more energy-efficient and introduce housing regeneration projects in local communities.

Accenture has backed the development of the training via its Skills to Succeed initiative that will give 500,000 people across the world the skills to secure employment or build a business.

Global Action Plan will deliver the training and help to identify young unemployed people in communities.

British Gas will use its ECO initiative to roll out hundreds of projects to install energy saving measures in homes.

The Transform partnership was successfully piloted in Walsall and Glasgow in December.

Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan, described how the initiative will make a fundamental difference to the lives of young people all over the UK.

He said that working in partnership is vital to solve some of the biggest challenges in the economy.

Claire Williams, managing director of British Gas New Energy, explained that unemployment, sustainability and growth are some of the biggest challenges facing the UK at present.

She added: "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."

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