About The Retrofit Academy CIC

WHO WE ARE

Our vision is a world where every home is warm, healthy and low carbon.

We are a friendly, passionate not-for-profit organisation based in Staffordshire, England. We develop retrofit training and qualifications, support the continued development of the industry, and are leading the industry in building retrofit capability and capacity.


Our mission is to train and develop 200,000 retrofitters by 2030.

The UK Government has committed to meeting Net Zero by 2050 which will require 1.8 homes per minute across the UK to be retrofitted! Over 27 million leaky homes across the UK contribute to approximately 28% of the UK carbon emissions every year.

The current workforce will need to upskill and a further 400,000 new entrants join the sector to meet the #retrofitchallenge.

A little about us

The Retrofit Academy CIC Chief Executive David Pierpoint explains more about the role of the Academy in the future of retrofit and energy efficiency.

KEY POINTS ON OUR JOURNEY

COMPETENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

We understand what makes people and organisations fit for retrofit. We develop the qualifications and content that form the curriculum for retrofit nationwide.

BUILDING LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

We work with local authorities and government agencies, building partnerships that will support the development of robust, local supply chains. We help to capture social value and stimulate the green economy.

CREATING CLIENT & EMPLOYER RELATIONSHIPS NATIONWIDE

We aggregate demand from high-quality employers who will create jobs for the people we train.

RETROFIT MARKET INTELLIGENCE

We map demand and supply based on current and future projects to inform where supply chain investment is most urgently needed.

PROMOTING RETROFIT CAREERS

We define career pathways and promote retrofit careers to school leavers, graduates, NEETs and career switchers. We want to attract new talent to the retrofit sector.

QUALITY ASSURED TRAINING NETWORK

We develop and curate educational content and support training providers to deliver locally as part of the Retrofit Academy Training Network.

SUPPORTING INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT

We work with industry and government to tackle wicked problems, providing support and guidance and spotlighting excellence.

BUILDING THE FUTURE WORKFORCE & CREATING JOBS

We bring learners and employers together to build careers and shape the workforce of the future.

DELIVERING MAJOR PROJECTS

We secure investment from government, industry and philanthropic sources to scale up retrofit capability and capacity.

WHY RETROFIT?

Retrofit is the process of upgrading our existing homes to make them more energy efficient. This usually involves improving the fabric of the house through installing insulation, upgrading the building services and introducing renewable energy and heat sources such as solar panels and heat pumps. 
We are tasked with the greatest infrastructure challenge in history – delivering almost two retrofits per minute between now and 2050. But we have to get it right, first time. There won’t be a second chance and we know that bad retrofit can be worse than no retrofit at all. 

TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE & FUEL POVERTY

Two of the biggest modern-day crises can be proactively challenged by retrofitting! The climate crisis and fuel crisis respectively each have a massive impact on people’s homes, communities and lives. 
Around 27% of all CO2 emissions come from the heating, lighting and electricity used in our homes. What’s more, the UK has the oldest and draughtiest housing stock in the world. The government knows that it can’t achieve its targets without addressing this. That’s why gas central heating and other fossil fuel heat sources will soon become a thing of the past. Over the next 20 years, most of our homes will need to be heated by low carbon technologies such as heat pumps. 
Millions of people in the UK live in fuel poverty – essentially this is when people have a choice between heating and eating. We believe that there is no place for fuel poverty in a civilised society. Fuel poverty continues to grow as energy prices increase and it brings with it massive economic and social costs. Age UK estimate that fuel poverty costs the NHS more than £1.3 billion a year and around 30% of the 30,000 excess winter deaths can be ascribed to fuel poverty. This is a massive social and economic problem that we need to address for economic, as well as social and moral reasons.

T: 0330 055 7629
E: info@retrofitacademy.org
A: Barn 4, Dunston Business Village,
Stafford Road, Stafford, ST18 9AB

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