PM turns to Eden Project

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The Eden Project is to play a key role in developing the green economy, it emerged during the Prime Minister’s keynote speech at the Labour Party Conference yesterday.

Gordon Brown revealed that a programme creating 10,000 new green work placements will be delivered in partnership with Eden.

The PM said in his speech: “I can also announce that we will work with the Eden Project and Mayday Network to create the biggest group of green work placements we have ever done – up to 10,000 green job placements so that our young people can make the most of the opportunities of the low carbon economy and open it up for their abilities to flourish.”

Eden is in discussion with the Government and the Mayday Network – the UK’s largest group of businesses committed to taking action on climate change – on the detail of how the green work placements will be funded and delivered.

The Eden Project’s MD, Gaynor Coley, called the announcement “great news” and said that the need for green jobs was urgent and could no longer wait.

Young people are expected to come from all over the UK and will combine a spell at the Eden Project with going out to companies all over the network.

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