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Tool up today with free Green Skills training in trades and construction and boost your future earnings and start building your green reputation today.

Surrey County Council has been awarded funding to support more than 500 local tradespeople with free or part-funded Green Skills training. This is part of the push for Surrey to be a net zero county by 2050.

With the demand for green skills currently outweighing the supply and the government continuing to push for greener solutions, it's a good idea to get involved now.

Our flexible, free, and low-cost courses cover essential subjects such as air source heat pumps , whole-house retrofit, and insulation installation. This is your opportunity to:

  • Future-proof your career
  • Boost your earning potential
  • Become an expert in an upcoming, emerging market
  • Keep your services in high demand

Funded places on green skills courses for all trade and construction professionals are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Courses

The courses offered through the Green Skills programme for trades have been developed with those working within the industry.

We have worked with businesses directly to ensure the course content is both attractive for them as employers and useful for their current employees.

Whether you're new to the construction and trade industry or an experienced built environment professional, there's a course for everyone.

This is a cost-effective way for businesses to upskill their employees, providing them with the skills and knowledge to help your organisation evolve and grow.

Most of these courses are on a first-come, first-served basis. The courses listed will change from 1 April 2024.

You can sign up for as many courses as you need to. Some restrictions apply to Skills Bootcamps so double check with your training provider if you have any queries.

Click on the links on the table below to sign up and register interest.

CourseCourse overviewSuitable forCost for unemployed learnerCost for businesses using to upskill employeesLocation

BOOTCAMP - Air Source Heat Pump

Knowledge and skills required to design, install, and maintain air source heat pumps. Industry insights and support to access suitable roles, including a guaranteed interview.

Existing gas boiler engineers

Free

£260 (upto 250 staff) or £780 (250+ staff)

Southampton

Understanding Domestic Retrofit (Level 2)

A comprehensive and easy-to-follow introduction to whole-house retrofit

All construction professionals and tradespeople

From £210 + VAT

From £210 + VAT

Online

BOOTCAMP - Understanding Domestic Retrofit (Level 2) and Domestic Retrofit Advice (Level 3)

A comprehensive and easy-to-follow introduction to whole-house retrofit. Industry insights and support to access suitable roles, including a guaranteed interview.

Those new to retrofit, either already in the built environment sector or elsewhere

Free

£200 (up to 250 staff) or £600 (250+ staff)

Online


What are green skills and why do they matter

"'Green skills' is the umbrella term used to describe the technical skills, knowledge, behaviours, and capabilities needed to tackle environmental challenges and unlock the growth opportunities they present."

For the construction industry, this means a switch to using more eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient technologies, and having a workforce familiar with all green construction methods. Finding new ways to reduce our impact on the environment is not just about meeting sustainability goals, it's about making the construction industry a leader in creating a more environmentally friendly future.

The urge to go green is becoming more popular with both trades and consumers - meaning there are more jobs for those with the right skills. According to ElectricalDirect, a quarter of us are now more interested in sustainability than they were a few years ago, and over a fifth of tradespeople have been questioned by potential customers about the environmental impact of their work over the last year.

Hiring for green jobs is showing no signs of slowing down despite the recent downturn in the UK economy. In fact, having one or more 'green skills' can increase your chances of getting hired by 29% (according to a recent report on LinkedIn), meaning green jobs are showing themselves to be a smart way to plug the cost-of-living crisis gaps.

Research from Kingfisher plc, owner of B&Q and Screwfix, found that over half of the tradespeople surveyed had seen an increase in requests for green jobs despite still needing the skills to take on the work.

Green jobs already make up 3.7% of Surrey's economy - a figure that's expected to grow, due to increased demand from businesses and consumers, by 8% annually until 2030.

As momentum in the industry continues to build, upskilling now puts you ahead of the curve by building a green reputation and bank of desirable skills.

By 2050 90% of homes in Surrey are estimated to be using heat pumps. That's the potential for 425,000 houses needing new tech installed to replace the traditional gas heating in Surrey alone. To power this transition, we'll need more than 1200 skilled installers to meet those requirements.

To secure your future career and boost your earning potential, learn the necessary skills for upcoming jobs today.


Eligibility

Green Skills training is designed for anyone to learn the trades needed to power Surrey's future economy, meaning anyone can apply to take part.

For instance, a number of roles such as surveying and air source heat pump maintenance require a high level of customer service, which may make them suitable to those currently working in public-facing roles such as retail, hospitality or property.

The main thing is you have the passion and desire to take your knowledge out into the wider world.

You must live or work in Surrey to apply to a Green Skills course. Other than this, there are no eligibility requirements, though some courses might require you to have certain qualifications or previous experience, which will be detailed on the course information pages linked above.

Those applying for Skills Bootcamp courses must be aged 19+ and can only complete one Bootcamp each financial year.


Cost and funding

Most of the current courses available are free, meaning you can build your green skills without it costing you a penny.

For those that aren't free, if you're unable to fund yourself, you can ask your employer to contribute or find other funding, such as career development loans.

Your chosen training provider may be able to provide further information.

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