Retrofit Academy marks milestone after enrolling 5,000th learner

THE Retrofit Academy is celebrating a major milestone after announcing it has successfully enrolled over 5,000 learners to its range of retrofit training courses.

Trained as retrofit advisors, assessors and coordinators, the newly qualified experts will be tasked with helping to meet environmental targets by leading the sustainable upgrade of UK homes.

The retrofitters have the opportunity to work with or for local authorities, housing associations and their contractors to specify and install additional measures in homes that were not originally included in the building’s design.

Founded in 2016, The Retrofit Academy aims to help drive decarbonisation of homes at scale by acting as a workforce development partner. This includes collaborating with social housing landlords, local authorities and building contractors tasked with meeting the UK Government’s net zero targets.

David Pierpoint, chief executive at The Retrofit Academy, said, “Decarbonising millions of existing homes is vital if we are to fulfil the government’s aim of achieving net zero by 2050. To ensure this goal is reached, we need to collaborate and work together to have enough qualified personnel to carry out retrofit at scale.

“While we’re pleased to have passed the milestone of enrolling 5,000 professionals to be trained as skilled and qualified retrofitters, work is well underway to ensure we reach our goal of 200,000 by the end of the decade. By continuing as the driving force in retrofit knowledge and skills, we can help to achieve net zero.”