A £6.9 million training competition is now available for any provider in England focusing on the energy-saving measures covered in the Green Homes Grant scheme. 

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The Green Homes Grant has two overarching goals – to help retrofit existing housing stock to greater energy efficiency; and to help stimulate the economy through the home improvement industry. 

With an expected increase in the amount of energy efficiency home retrofits and installation of low carbon heating due to the voucher scheme, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a £6.9 million grant to help ensure tradespeople can deliver the on the initiative. 

Read more: The Green Homes Grant: how does it work?

The competition is open to UK-based training providers who have experience in skills training for the energy-saving measures covered in the Green Homes Grant and training programmes that can be delivered within England, as well as wider whole house retrofit knowledge, which includes subjects such as building physics, ventilation and moisture.

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The training may be for those with existing skills, those new to the sector, or it may focus on support for companies looking to gain PAS 2030 or MCS accreditation.

Read more: Green Home Grant: How to find a tradesperson 

“This is an opportunity for training providers to take advantage of the scheme and play a key role in ensuring the tradespeople carrying out the works are supported and equipped as they prepare to rise to the challenge to develop their skills and services to the required standards,” says Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark

A maximum of £1 million will be available for each competition project, subject to state aid restrictions. The number of projects funded will depend on the range of solutions proposed and the quality of the proposals received.

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