Funding to Train Tradespeople in Energy Efficiency and Renewables


NEW FUNDING to train in energy efficiency and renewables has been made available for people resident in Scotland who have lost their jobs or are at risk of redundancy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) will be distributing funding through the National Transition Training Fund (NTTF). Nine colleges across Scotland will receive the funds to allow them to upskill tradespeople. This will help them move into roles with better potential for future growth and job retention.

The NTTF funding is aimed at people aged 25 or over who are facing redundancy. Also those who are unemployed having been made redundant on any date after 1 March 2020. However, training must be completed by the 31 July 2021. The funding is supported by the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Government. It will offer training opportunities in areas with the potential for growth in the labour market with employment prospects.

Train in Energy Efficiency 

The energy efficiency sector will be a key focus with training available in areas such as AS/GS heat pumps and solar thermal, external wall insulation, energy battery storage, unvented hot water, metering for renewable heat Installation, online Passivhaus standards, digital Smart Homes, and electric vehicle charging, as well as the more conventional 18th edition electrical training.

Training needs to have been completed by 31 July, 2021. Applications can be made by an individual or their employer.

John Renwick, from ESP, said: “The National Transition Training Fund, in association with the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Government, is another excellent opportunity for already skilled tradesmen and women over 25 years-of-age and whose employment has suffered due to the COVID -19 pandemic to retrain in renewable technology installation and maintenance as we move our nation towards a zero emissions future for heating our buildings, reducing demand for heat and decarbonising our supply and making Scotland’s homes and buildings warmer, greener and more efficient.”

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