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REA gets biogas training funding

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has won £60,000 EU funding for a biogas training programme.

The REA has successfully bid to manage a €76,000 (£60,000) biogas training programme. The programme, Advanced Biogas Learning in Europe, will fund trips to Germany for 30 UK workers and young graduates. They will learn from leading practitioners in all areas of anaerobic digestion technology.

The programme aims to offer UK companies, farming enterprises, or other organisations involved in the UK biogas sector, the opportunity to send potential or current employees for on-site experience and training at German biogas plants, laboratories or factories.

The project, which will be run in partnership with the German Biogas and Bioenergy Society, will also offer a range health and safety training and provide a ‘Europass’, a language and skills certificate recognised across the EU.

The project is mainly aimed at young people looking to develop a “hands on” career in the green economy. Travel, subsistence and half board expenses are fully supported by the funding, which has been awarded by the EU Leonardo programme.

Waste minister Lord Taylor welcomed the funding: “This is an important step to help the industry gain the relevant skills that it needs as the sector expands.”

REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell said: “Earlier this year, our report Made in Britain made clear that fostering the skills necessary for the transition to a low carbon, high renewables economy must be a national priority. This project is the REA’s first practical step in boosting the UK skills base.”

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