Trainees help cut energy bills

 

Liverpool City Council has recruited young people to champion and promote energy efficiency to local residents.

Six young people will be working with the Healthy Homes Programme and engaging with residents through appointments, door-to door surveys, and at local events across the city. The trainees are all between 16 and 18 and were not in education, employment or training. 

This opportunity provides them with six months’ employment, a real work experience supplying and fitting free low energy bulbs in the homes of vulnerable residents.

They will also be providing a free energy monitoring service to help residents identify opportunities to reduce their energy consumption, attend events which promote energy efficiency and support environmental health officers with support using thermal cameras to identify problems with residents homes

Councillor Ann O’Byrne welcomed the trainees onto the programme on their first day and said “This is a great learning opportunity for these young people and demonstrates the council’s commitment to reducing youth unemployment.

“And, very importantly, at a time when many people are facing severe financial pressures it will help vulnerable residents reduce their energy bills.”

This is the second group of trainees who have worked on the programme which has received a very warm welcome from those receiving the service. Among comments made were:

“They were very helpful, they explained everything and they were very polite”.

“The young trainee who fitted the light bulbs was very polite and had a good knowledge of the service you provide”. 

“Trainees were very pleasant and knew what they were talking about”

“The service was excellent”

“Everything was spot on”.

The trainees’ training programme is aimed at helping them to develop their employability skills and increase their opportunities in future employment.  Much of the training is accredited by Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, City and Guilds and NEA.