The Retrofit Academy has been longlisted for the 2021 Ashden Awards for Green Skills

We are delighted to announce The Academy has been longlisted for a prestigious Ashden Award for green skills. This award category highlights the immense challenge the UK faces to reach Net Zero by 2050, predominantly due to the vast skills gap in the retrofit industry. This award showcases organisations developing green skills in the areas of retrofit and low carbon heat, so we’re thrilled to be demonstrating our efforts in this arena.

Ashden, a UK charity, has been supporting transformative climate solutions for 20 years. More than 800 organisations applied for the 2021 Ashden Awards, and The Retrofit Academy is one of just 38 to have made it to the longlisting stage. Ashden’s mission is to accelerate transformative climate solutions and build a more just world.

See the full awards longlist here. Award winners will be announced this Autumn – after a rigorous assessment and judging process involving on-the-ground visits and input from sector experts.

The Retrofit Academy’s CEO, David Pierpoint said:

We are pleased to be recognised by the Ashden Awards esteemed panel with the inclusion in the longlist. The Academy team has been working hard since the beginning of the year to deliver an intensive Retrofit Coordinator training programme under government funding. There’s been many challenges along the way, not least the demand for training in the run up to the PAS compliance deadline surpassing our expectations. But our proactive investment into learner management, the team itself and assessment capacity has all paid off – and is hard proof that scaling up retrofit skills training is definitely possible.

Ashden’s CEO Harriet Lamb said:

In the year that governments, climate innovators and activists gather at the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow, these inspiring climate champions demonstrate the many solutions that can be replicated at scale and speed.

The Ashden Awards focus on cutting-edge initiatives that are both green and fair – that deliver climate justice, create good jobs, train people in green skills, and cut carbon. This year we have an amazing array of initiatives to choose from and judging is going to be tough!

We cannot wait to showcase their outstanding innovations to the world when we announce the winners this autumn.

Through its awards and ongoing networking and support, Ashden spotlights and supports climate and energy innovators around the world – including businesses, non-profits and public sector organisations delivering proven, ready-to-scale climate solutions.