New College Durham is launching a new course which aims to address the retrofitting skills gap.

The Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit will provide the local workforce with first step towards in demand careers in the retrofit industry.

As part of the government’s net zero obligations, eleven million homes across the UK need to be retrofitted to reduce both energy consumption and emissions. This will only be possible with raised awareness and a skilled workforce. The college’s Level 2 Award is designed for anyone looking to gain a better understanding of retrofit and can also help those with professional construction experience take the first step towards becoming a Retrofit Assessor or work in the building insulation field.

Lee Baum, Green Skills Manager at New College Durham, said: “There has never been a better time to start the Retrofit journey, whether your ambition is to become a Retrofit Assessor, you are a tradesperson who wants to understand best practice for building insulation to meet PAS2035 compliance or you just want to learn more about the topic, this course is packed with valuable content that ensures you make the right first step into retrofitting.

It will give you a comprehensive and easy to follow introduction to whole house retrofit. You will gain an understanding of what domestic retrofit is, what it is supposed to achieve, what you need to know when working in the industry, and what to look out for when installing energy efficiency measures in homes.

Employers are increasingly seeking to develop a workforce who understand the fundamentals of retrofitting, so the course is designed to improve your employability skills.”

The Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit starts on Monday 17 April at 5.30pm-8.30pm. It runs for six weeks and is accredited by City and Guilds. To find out more or enrol visit www.newdur.ac.uk, contact 0191 375 4040 or email help@newdur.ac.uk.