Training of retrofit installers

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2021.

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What training is your Mayor's Construction Academy (MCA) providing to deal with the skills shortages among retrofit installers, how many people has it already upskilled, and what are its plans for future training?

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Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) hubs have been exploring and putting in place various retrofitting training opportunities with their providers and employers, focusing on areas such as external and internal wall insulation, Solar PV, Solar Hot Water and Heat Pumps and Smart energy controls. The number of people upskilled in retrofitting installation specifically has not been recorded, but since activity began in March 2019 to the end of June 2021 an additional 18,900 Londoners completed construction qualifications across the hub areas in comparison to the 2017/18 baseline.

In terms of future delivery, the Mayor’s Academies Programme hub opportunity launched last month, and priority sectors include the green economy and the sub-sector of green construction. Organisations can apply for up to £250k over two years to fund coordination resource which will bring together employers, training providers and other actors in the sector to work collaboratively to address skills shortages and underrepresentation. The successful hub applications and sectors supported should be announced in December 2021, with projects commencing delivery January – March 2022.

Using part of the Adult Education Budget (AEB), I issued the Good Work for All Fund earlier this year. This provided additional funding to high quality training proposals in Green and other sectors identified in the London Recovery Programme as key to London’s recovery from COVID-19. The funding will support new provision in retrofitting (for example, Regeneration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering, Energy Efficiency, Understanding Retrofit qualifications).