The green energy sector is set to receive a boost after business secretary Vince Cable pledged £6.5 million to train prospective engineers in renewable energy skills.
The funding will be used to support university and industry training for up to 50 students, who will work alongside energy supplier EDF as well as other prestigious bodies.
Peter Hofman of EDF Energy said the company welcomes the government's cash injection, noting that it is "crucial" for the UK to train future workers in low carbon generation expertise.
Mr Cable pointed to Scotland as an example of a strong renewable energy sector, as the country has recourse to wind, wave and tidal energy technology.
There is strong demand for the UK economy to become more energy efficient as traditional fuel sources continue to decline, whilst there is pressure on the government to do more to help households have cheaper gas and electricity bills.
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