Training for a net zero future


24 January 2023

The Retrofit Academy has secured funding to deliver over 1200 training courses in England to help the UK achieve its net zero goals by building a highly skilled workforce.

Part of the Government’s £9.2m Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition (HDSTC), the scheme enables thousands of people to take advantage of the growth and jobs potential created by the national push to switch to low carbon heating and improving the energy performance of the nation’s housing stock.

The courses, funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, are said to be ideal for experienced built environment professionals such as architects, surveyors and construction site managers, social housing providers, those working in the energy efficiency sector (such as Domestic Energy Assessors), and SMEs (e.g. contractors installing insulation, glazing, doors and heating systems) looking to deliver high quality and sustainable retrofit projects.

Training ranges from 4 - 12 weeks in duration, depending on the course, with a range of online exams, multiple choice questions and written assignments. 

Funding is currently available for those living or working in England for the following qualifications:

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  • Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit
  • Level 3 Award in Domestic Retrofit Advice
  • Level 4 Award in Domestic Retrofit Assessment
  • Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management

“It's crucial that we have the volume of skilled, competent trades and professionals needed to deliver the decarbonisation of our housing stock. Recent studies have estimated that up to 400,000 new recruits will be needed to form a retrofit army. At The Retrofit Academy, we want to ensure these people really understand retrofit so they can deliver high quality projects at scale,” said David Pierpoint, CEO of TRA.

“We’re delighted to help support the built environment community by creating and inspiring a new workforce to undertake one of the greatest infrastructure challenges in history. Having these courses funded will make this more accessible to individuals and organisations and will help us to reach our goal.”

Register your interest in a course here.