Greater Manchester has launched a £1.1 million training academy dedicated to educating over a thousand people in building retrofit to help meet the city region’s 2038 carbon neutral target.
The funding enables the launch of the city region’s own Retrofit Skills Hub, which will look to fill an important skills gap in the transition to a lower carbon economy. Achieving the 2038 carbon neutral target will require at least 61,000 homes being retrofitted with energy efficiency and green technology measures every year.
Low Carbon Academy, part of the North West Skills Academy, has been awarded £1.1 million in European Social Funding to lead the training of 1,140 people. Also involved are The Retrofit Academy, Manchester College and Oldham College.
‘First step towards a greener city region’
The news follows the launch of the Greater Manchester Retrofitting Task Force earlier in 2021. Chaired by mayor Andy Burnham, the Task Force is responsible for developing a detailed action plan to deliver low carbon retrofitting activities across the city region.
Andy Burnham said: “Training and upskilling construction workers is the first step in moving towards a greener and low carbon city-region, and we are really looking forward to working alongside The Low Carbon Academy and their partners to make this a reality.
“If we want to achieve our goal of a carbon neutral Greater Manchester by 2038 it is vital we have a workforce that can successfully future-proof our homes and businesses.
Jobs and housing through climate action
“Our plans to retrofit properties across the city region on a mass scale will create thousands of new green jobs for residents. What’s more, if we get our response to the climate crisis right, we can take effective action to tackle the jobs crisis and housing crisis at the same time.
“By prioritising areas where housing quality is lowest, we can make homes cheaper to run and help cut fuel poverty, ultimately improving quality of life for thousands of people in our city-region.”
The Low Carbon Academy was launched in 2013 to upskill construction roles and has so far supported more than 2,000 individuals across 900 business to become upskilled in the retrofit market. There are currently more than 400 people training for retrofit qualifications at the Academy.
Posted under General Interest, Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Training Courses and Networking Events and Construction on 26 August 2021