Employment Minister Welcomes Green Jobs in North East

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EMPLOYMENT Minister Tony McNulty recently met recruits at green support services provider eaga - and applauded the company for creating essential jobs in the region.

During his visit, Mr McNulty chatted to six of the 60 new starters recruited by eaga through a Local Employer Partnership with Jobcentre Plus in the past six months - in a range of roles from customer service advisers to cavity wall and loft insulation installers. This has been achieved by matching jobseekers to the appropriate vacancies and using Jobcentre Plus interview facilities in Newcastle City Jobcentre.

Based in Newcastle, eaga has just appointed its 1,500th employee in the North-East. With more than 4,500 staff in operations throughout the UK and bases in Ireland, India and Canada, eaga is building what it calls a green collar workforce for this rapidly developing sector.

Working with central and local government, energy suppliers, social housing groups and the general public, eaga installs energy efficiency solutions including insulation, central heating and clean technology such as solar heating.

Through the Government-funded Warm Front Scheme, for example, it has assisted almost two million households since 2000 - making their homes warmer and more affordable to heat.

Mr McNulty said: "I am extremely impressed by the range of green jobs and skill levels on offer from eaga, from highly trained heating and electrical engineers to opportunities for jobseekers through the Local Employment Partnership with Jobcentre Plus.

"In the current economic climate, which I know is affecting many in the North-East, it is crucial that we do everything we can to create new and sustainable jobs. …