North West Skills Academy receives funding through Green Homes Grant Skills Competition

Samuel Riley, chief executive officer of North West Skills Academy has said that now is the best time to become a qualified Green Homes Grant installer, after his academy received more than £6 million through the Green Homes Grant Skills Competition.

The aim of the competition run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), was to make sure tradespeople were equipped and professionally trained in delivering home improvement measures that qualify for the Green Homes Grant. It would also hopefully result in more than 5,000 training opportunities.

North West Skills Academy was one of 18 successful bids from 29 applicants to receive the funding.

Samuel said: “We are an organisation that is committed to supporting the number of skilled suppliers for the Green Homes Grant Scheme, and we are very well positioned to respond to the skills competition to expand a skilled, qualified green workforce. 

“The NVQ is fully delivered in the workplace and remotely. With full one-to-one support available and the current Green Homes Grant Skills Competition funding, there has never been a better time to become qualified.” 

Under the Green Homes Grant scheme, homeowners and landlords can fund up to two-thirds of the cost of green home improvements up to £5,000, or 100% of the cost for homeowners on low incomes, up to £10,000.

Measures covered include insulation of walls, floors and roofs, double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and low-carbon heating like heat pumps.

The scheme has now been extended until March 2022, providing plenty of opportunity for traders to get the skills to carry out the work.

North West Skills Academy will be offering courses lasting between one and four months at its 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
  • Wood preserving and damp-proofing.

Samuel added: “It’s a chance to get your blue skilled Construction Skills Certification Scheme card and comply with PAS 2030 requirements, which is needed to become a Trustmark accredited Green Homes Grant installer.” 

Simon Ayers, chief executive officer of TrustMark, added: “We are delighted that such great organisations have been awarded funding to support the development of the supply chain required, as we transition to a sustainable delivery of whole house retrofit to properties in the UK. 

“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.

For more information and to find a training course near you that is backed by the Green Homes Grant Skills Competition, click here.