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Government funding bid launched for net zero training

Training providers in England could win a share of a multimillion-pound competition launched by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero to fund training for people working in the energy efficiency and building retrofit sectors.

The package, worth up to £8.85 million, will subsidise training courses for aspiring retrofit and insulation experts in England, and increase supply chain capacity both in terms of volume and skill level.

According to the Department, it could provide training for up to 8,000 people and will “develop the skills and expertise needed to retrofit homes with energy saving measures”. Training providers can apply for up to £1 million to run the courses.

As well as the costs of the training courses themselves, the fund could cover trainers’ costs, including accommodation and transport, plus any costs trainees take on including accommodation or transport.

The courses will run from this September until the end of March 2024, and comes as the government moves towards its target of reaching net zero by 2050.


Applying for the competition

Training providers will need to show:

  • that there is demand for the courses in their area - either by providing minutes of meetings with local providers or job centres, or evidence of enquires for the courses
  • a track record of delivering courses in construction, energy efficiency or energy assessment.

Teaching could be online or in person.

Most of the courses provided via the funding will focus on insulation in homes, with plans to fund around 5,000 training packages. The rest will focus on retrofit work.

Though the department is funding the project, it is being led by the Midlands Net Zero Hub, which will visit all training centres who submit a bid to make sure the right courses are being led with the right accreditation. 

Providers will be able to apply to the fund by completing a form available here, which should be sent to

The closing date to submit bids is 25 August 2023.

AIM can work with providers to offer retrofitting qualifications in their centres. Discover more here.

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