Green Home Grant Training Schemes Announced

BEIS release the list of approved GHG training providers


Published 26 days ago (21st Dec 2020 00:00)
by Kenneth Campbell

18 Companies have been announced as the approved providers of Government funded programmes which can deliver a suite of training solutions to support the Green Homes Grant scheme.

There are 5 types of training provision that are funded through the scheme

Retrofit Assessor and Retrofit Coordinator Training

Provision and delivery of training to PAS 2035 standards to learners with DEA or other similar qualifications already. (240 places)

Insulation Training

Provision and delivery of training to National Occupational Standards or higher in the installation of domestic Underfloor, Internal & External wall and Loft insulation measures and knowledge of whole house retrofit.(2,000 individual training places and 100 company places for PAS 2030 certification / Trust Mark )

Non Insulation Fabric Measures Training

Provision and delivery of training to National Occupational Standards or higher in the installation of domestic windows, doors and draft proofing and knowledge of whole house retrofit. (1,000 individual training places and 50 company places for PAS 2030 certification / Trust Mark )

Heat Pumps & Solar Thermal Training

Provision and delivery of accredited training to National Occupational and MCS standards in the installation of domestic  Air & Ground Source Heat Pumps and solar thermal and knowledge of whole house retrofit. (1,000 individual training places and 50 company places for PAS 2030 certification / MCS certification / Trust Mark )

Heating and Hot Water Controls

Provision and delivery of training to National Occupational Standards or equivalent in the installation of domestic heating & hot water controls, including smart controls, and knowledge of whole house retrofit. (1,000 individual training places and 50 company places for PAS 2030 certification / Trust Mark )

 

The organisations are

Dudley College

Heat pumps and solar thermal Training;
Heating and hot water controls training;

Dudley College is a further education college located in the Midlands. Dudley college will provide training support to those who will be retrofitting housing stock across the Midlands through short and intensive courses including:

  • National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) heat pumps and solar thermal (national occupational standards (NOS) aligned)
  • NICEIC solar thermal (NOS aligned)
  • City and Guilds F Gas
  • NICEIC basic energy efficiency for smart meter operative
  • NICEIC package for heating and water controls
  • City and Guilds 239 inspection and test

The College intends to engage individuals across the Midlands.

Elmhurst Energy

Rretrofit assessor and retrofit coordinator training;

Elmhurst Energy is the UK’s largest accreditation scheme for energy professionals and will deliver the following courses:

  • Retrofit assessor training
  • Domestic energy assessor (DEA) training
  • Retrofit assessor accreditation
  • Retrofit coordinator accreditation

Elmhurst will train, accredit and support retrofit assessors via online platforms and therefore extends across England.

Expedient Training

Retrofit assessor and retrofit coordinator training;
Insulation training;
Non-insulation fabric measures training;

Expedient Training have a wealth of experience delivering qualifications and training within the construction training sector market, as they deliver high quality NVQs, training and consultancy to over 40 low carbon installers across the UK.

Expedient will offer training across retrofit assessor and retrofit coordinator; insulation, and non-insulation fabric measures at a range of levels. Its geographical coverage is across the North East.

Farnborough College of Technology

InsulationTraining;
H
eat pumps and solar thermal Training;
Heating and hot water controls training

Farnborough College of Technology has a dedicated campus for construction (Aldershot College) which provides trade skills to prepare students for employment within the industry, with courses and apprenticeships.

The College will provide training on:

  • insulation provision and delivery in the installation of domestic insulation measures
  • heat pumps and solar thermal
  • heating and hot water controls including smart controls

The project will be delivered in a mixture of online /remote teaching along with some face to face in the College or the workplace. Its geographical coverage is across the South East.

North West Skills Academy

Insulation training;
Non-insulation fabric measures training;

The North West Skills Academy (NWSA) is a specialist construction training and assessment organisation established in 2013.

NWSA will deliver:

  • City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ in Insulation and Building Treatments:
    • cavity wall insulation
    • internal insulation
    • external wall insulation
    • cold roof insulation
    • wall tie replacement
    • wood preserving and damp proofing
    • cold and warm room insulation
    • floor insulation
    • insulate framed sections of buildings

It will also support installer companies to achieve PAS 2030:2019/2017 standards and/or become TrustMark registered or MCS certificated. Training will be delivered both online and via face to face sessions, whilst its geographical coverage is extended to the North West, North East, Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber, South West and South East.

Optimum UK

Heat pumps and solar thermal training

Optimum Energy Solutions is an MCS accredited and TrustMark registered firm which promotes clean forms of renewable energy. Optimum will provide courses for heat pumps and solar thermal to the South West and Midlands.

The courses will include:

  • support to gain TrustMark registration and/or MCS certification to guide them through the MCS Process from application through to inspection from one of the MCS Certification bodies
  • training in the installation of low carbon heating measures (predominantly heat pumps) which are supported by the voucher scheme

Provincial Seals

Insulation training

Provincial Seals Ltd is a network supplier of UKAS Accredited Insulation & Heating Systems to the UK’s energy efficiency industry and is part of the Green Deal First Group that provides an end to end process and support operation which helps new market entrants achieve certification, compliance, and competence standards.

Its training delivery will focus on insulation and more specifically on:

  • cavity wall insulation
  • loft insulation
  • underfloor insulation
  • internal wall insulation
  • room in roof insulation
  • external wall insulation.

Its geographical coverage is located across the Midlands and North East.

Retrofit Academy

Retrofit assessor and retrofit coordinator trianing;
Insulation training;

The Retrofit Academy is a not-for profit training company dedicated to improving the capabilities of the UK retrofit sector.

The Retrofit Academy will deliver:

  • the Open College Network West Midlands Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management to individuals who will practice under the Energy Company Obligation, the Green Homes Grant and any successor schemes delivered under the BSI PAS2035 Standard
  • a new Level 2 Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatment based upon the latest national occupational standards across cavities, lofts, external and internal walls and underfloor

The geographical coverage of Retrofit Academy extends across England.

Think Construction Skills

Insulation trianing

Think Construction Skills Ltd (TCS) was established in October 2013 and provides a nationwide on-site assessment training for a wide range of construction based NVQs (levels 2 to 7) and has up-skilled several thousand learners through NVQ on-site assessments (OSAT).

TCS will provide NVQ Level 2 in Insulation and Building Treatments. It will enable numerous small and medium-sized enterprises to upskill their workforce and meet the PAS certification. TCS will deliver training across a range of insulation measures.

Greendale Ltd

Heat pumps and solar thermal training

Greendale Limited is an established gas, electrics, water and renewable energy training centre that is currently delivering a wide range of installation training in formal qualifications to accredited standards. Greendale will offer courses on heat pumps and solar thermal.

The geographical coverage of the courses offered by Greendale covers the North of England.

GTEC MCS

Heat pumps and solar thermal training

GTEC (which specialises in the provision of electrical, renewable, DEA, oil and renewable heating technologies and training) is partnering with MTC to offer these courses. The courses delivered by GTEC MCS focus on heat pumps and solar thermal and offer Level 3 RQF qualifications in both heat pumps and solar thermal.

These courses aim to provide support at all stages of the installer journey, i.e. from initial enquiry through to successful certification under the Green Homes Grant scheme. The GTEC MCS courses have wide geographical coverage as they will be delivered via their numerous hubs across England.

Heat Geek Ltd

Heat pumps and solar thermal training;
Heating and hot water controls training

Heat Geek gives expert advice on technical aspects of the heating industry to professionals and discerning end users. Heat Geek will offer training on:

  • heat pumps and solar thermal
  • heating and hot water controls

Heat Geek aims to inform trainees about the relevant technologies, why they should excite them, how they operate and how to best install and integrate these technologies with existing systems.

The geographical coverage will expand to all hub areas across England.

The BESA Academy

Heat pumps and solar thermal training

The BESA Academy is part of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), which is a membership organisation that supports and serves its members in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, control and management of engineering systems and services in buildings.

The BESA academy will provide training to upskill qualified plumbing and heating engineers to correctly install domestic heat pumps in order to ensure consistent quality of retrofit delivery.

The geographical coverage of the courses will be extended throughout the North West of England.

The Green Register

Retrofit assessor and retrofit coordinator trianing;
Insulation training;
Non Insulation Fabric Measures Training
Heat pumps and solar thermal Training;
Heating and hot water controls training

The Green Register trains construction professionals from all disciplines of the industry to build better, more sustainable buildings and covers all aspects of sustainable building practices.

The courses offered by the Green Register address both training, certification and support. Specifically, a wide range of topics are covered in these courses, including:

  • building physics
  • assessing retrofit
  • moisture movement within buildings
  • ventilation strategies
  • air-tightness
  • best practice detailing
  • insulation (solid walls, floors and roofs)
  • low carbon technologies including heat pumps
  • using natural materials to promote healthy buildings and occupants and presenting the key principles of PAS2035.

The geographical coverage of the courses will be extended throughout the South West of England.

Windhager

Heat pumps and solar thermal training

Windhager UK has been an accredited HETAS training centre for over 10 years and has trained many hundreds of biomass installers to the MCS standards.

Windhager offers a course for heat pumps and solar thermal that is HETAS certified and successful individuals will be certified to MCS standards.

The geographical coverage of the course extends to the Midlands & South West Hubs

Hampshire Training and Assessments

Heating and hot water controls training

Hampshire Training and Assessments Ltd is a certified energy training and assessment centre that offers training across numerous sectors of engineering.

Hampshire Training and Assessments will deliver training and completion of assessments for the following qualifications:

  • Essential Electrics and Safe Isolation of Electrical Equipment certified as a CPD qualification by LCL Awards
  • Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency for Gas fired and Oil Fired Domestic Heating and Hot Water Systems
  • Hot Water Systems & Safety (including un-vented hot water)

The geographical coverage of the courses extends throughout the South West of England.

Building Our Skills

Non-insulation fabric measures taining

Building Our Skills focuses on campaigning and delivering skills training aimed to bridge a growing skills gap by working closely with employers and other organisations to attract new entrants in the industry and by upskilling the existing workforce to ensure it can meet future demand.

Building Our Skills will provide training for window and door installers. The geographical coverage of the training is addressed to trainees located at the North East, Humber and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.