South Yorkshire firm's boom leads to jobs bonanza

image captionThe firm said hundreds of posts would be created

A green energy company in South Yorkshire is set to bring at least 300 jobs to the Barnsley area.

A Shade Greener, based at Tankersley, specialises in fitting solar panels for free under a government scheme.

Eighteen months ago it employed nine people, now that has risen to 122, with 80% of the jobs going to those who were previously unemployed.

The firm is now looking for roofers, electricians, surveyors and energy advisors.

The company is fitting solar panels as part of a government scheme to encourage the production of greener electricity.

The company's chief executive Stewart Davies said: "Eighteen months ago we had nine people working for us. Now we have 122.

"But the next stage of our expansion will create even more jobs."

The company said it was looking to recruit its new workforce before Christmas with successful candidates starting work in January.

Eighty percent of the current workforce were unemployed before being recruited, the company claimed.

Mr Davies added: " There are thousands of really good people who are out of work through no fault of their own.

"We intend to embark on a large-scale training programme in partnership with local colleges and establishments.

"Anyone with the right experience or who can show they have the ability to learn the skills we require should apply.

"We also want people who could train up to be home visitors, and product and sales advisers, as well as drivers, warehouse workers, fork lift truck drivers and labourers."

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