New £9.2m competition launched to fund training for home decarbonisation

It is inviting organisations to submit proposals for delivering accredited skills training and support to installers within the retrofit, energy efficiency and heat pump sectors

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A new £9.2 million competition that will fund training for people working in the energy efficiency, retrofitting and low carbon heating sectors has been launched in England.

The Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Competition is inviting organisations to submit proposals for delivering accredited skills training and support to installers and installer organisations within the retrofit, energy efficiency and heat pump sectors.

Run by the Midlands Net Zero Hub, which is funded by BEIS and hosted by Nottingham City Council, the competition will provide a maximum of £1 million for each training project.

It is open to providers across England and training provision delivered as a result of the competition should be targeted at trainees based in England.

Successful projects will be excepted to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Installation training to the specific technology standard, for example, National Occupational Standards, PAS 2030:2019 standards, PAS 2035 standards, MCS standards or higher
  • Training in the installation of one or more individual energy efficiency and/or low carbon heating measures, including training for individuals with existing construction skills and training for those new to the sector
  • Support for training in retrofit assessor and retrofit co-ordinator skills to PAS 2035 standard, leading to the relevant qualification

The competition, which is open until 17th October 2022, will support the delivery of the UK’s 2050 net zero emissions target, which requires the decarbonisation of more than 30 million homes, according to the government.

The BEIS document states: “The overall objective of the competition is to make progress towards the increased number of trained installers and other retrofit professionals needed to deliver the increase in energy efficiency and low carbon heating installations that will be required to meet our net zero targets.”