Romag, based in Leadgate, County Durham has announced it is now training people at its new solar training centre which opened recently.
The solar training centre, in conjunction with One North East, will train people across the manufacturing, electrical and roofing sectors.
Finance Director David Banks said: “The training centre has been completed in the past few weeks and we are starting to do some training already.
“We wanted to set it up as a centre of excellence and, hopefully, it will come to be that over the next year or so.”
After recent struggles, Romag is confident of building on its return to profit after the new UK solar feed-in tariff boosted interest in solar photovoltaic products.
The feed-in tariff - similar to the one used by world leaders Germany - was introduced by the Government last month and qualifies each unit of electricity generated by renewable energy for a fixed rate payment.
Romag, which manufactures solar photovoltaic products said that since the feed in tariff was introduced it has seen an encouraging increase in interest from both businesses and individuals.
Mr Banks said: “The announcement of the feed-in tariffs has really boosted the inquiry levels substantially. We have had numerous inquiries from all sectors.”
The company, employing about 150, is continuing to recruit after making 60 redundancies in February last year because of the economic downturn.
Mr Banks said: “We did start taking people back on and recruiting more since last summer. Since then, we have added 20 people to our workforce and we are continuing to recruit.”
So with the interest created by the feed in tariff and the shortage of skilled solar workers, now could be the time to get involved in the solar industry.
For more information on these solar training classes go to www.romag.co.uk.
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