In September 2020, the government launched the Green Homes Grant scheme. Homeowners and landlords can apply for vouchers to contribute to the cost of energy-saving home improvements – up to £5,000 for most homeowners, or £10,000 for low-income households.
And to make sure there are qualified tradespeople to carry out the work, £6.9m is being made available through the Green Homes Grant Skills Competition (run by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) for training organisations. It is hoped the skills competition will result in more than 5,000 training opportunities.
The North West Skills Academy was one of 18 successful bids from 29 applicants to receive a sum from the Green Homes Grant Skills Competition to train the tradespeople. Its CEO Samuel Riley said: “The NVQ is fully delivered in the workplace and remotely with full one-to-one support available. It’s a chance to get your blue skilled Construction Skills Certification Scheme card, comply with PAS 2030 requirements, which is needed to become a Trustmark accredited Green Homes Grant installer and you get the recognition you deserve.”
North West Skills Academy will be offering courses lasting between one and four months at their Manchester base, specialising in: external wall insulation (boarding and finishing), cavity wall insulation, loft and roof insulation, draught-proofing, internal wall Insulation, insulated framed sections of buildings, floor insulation, and wood preserving and damp-proofing.
Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark expressed delight that funding had been made available to organisations to support the development of the supply chain in this way. “The demand for skilled and competent businesses to undertake the requirements of the new standards and deliver quality to the consumer has never been higher.”
The 18 training organisations providing training through the skills competition, can be found across England, from Penrith and Newcastle in the north, to Poole in the south, Epping in the east and Bristol in the west. To find a training course backed by the Green Homes Grant Skills Competition, visit here.
For more information on the Green Homes Grant visit here.
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