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Retrofit Construction Course

As part of the UK Community Renewal Fund we are offering a Free adult training course for Bradford district residents.

'Retrofit' refers to the process of making changes to existing buildings so that energy consumption and emissions are reduced. 

The training will upskill participants to consider the question “If we were retrofitting a house to improve its efficiency, what would you recommend is done to it?”

This training will develop skills in retrofitting homes including loft, cavity wall and external insulation, draught proofing and double/secondary glazing. It will also cover the advantages of environmentally friendly appliances and equipment i.e., condensing boilers, solar panels, programable thermostat/thermostatic radiator valves and the merits of energy efficient appliances.

Participants will also develop the essential ‘future ready’ in-demand skills that will allow them to tackle everyday challenges and opportunities in any workplace.

The training course is starting late June. Please register your interest and the training provider will contact you with details of the sign up day. 

Course details

Course provider: West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges 

Start Date: Thursday 23rd June to Friday 1st July 2022. 

Duration: 7 days  

Venue: Leeds College of Building Campuses 

Course overview

Participants will gain an understanding of the considerations required for basic retro fitting and a practical awareness of the subject matter.

  • How to conduct a survey to identify/priorities areas to target (EPC) and complete work in a logical method to prevent waste of materials and labour.
  • Low energy lighting for all fixed outlets (LED)
  • Solar panels (consideration but not install)
  • Programable thermostat/thermostatic radiator valves (more efficient heating controls)
  • Use of thermal camera to spot heat leakage
  • Increase loft insulation (min 270mm)
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Draught Proofing
  • Check double glazing (Upgrade where required)
  • Install secondary glazing
  • Ground floor insulation
  • Draught proof chimney
  • External wall insulation
  • Airtightness and airtightness tests
  • External Render

Participants will also develop the essential ‘future ready’ in-demand skills that will allow them to tackle everyday challenges and opportunities in any workplace. Skills include:

  • The Creative Process, Design Thinking, and Innovation skills
  • Communication and Teambuilding Skills
  • Generating ideas under-pressure
  • Collaborative problem solving

In addition, participants will develop personally and as a team, learning about, behaviour, self-regulation, and co-regulation whilst developing their confidence and self-belief.

Finally participants will also learn more around topics such as carbon literacy, the 4th industrial revolution and the emerging green skills economy, to help place their new skills and career opportunities in the wider context of a fast-changing world. The course uses play and interactive activities for a high impact experience.

If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

Retrofit Skills Connect Eligibility: Must be aged 19 or over on the course start date. Employed, Self-Employed and Unemployed participants are eligible. Must have the right to legally reside and work in the UK and live in the Bradford district. Participants cannot be in full time education or on an apprenticeship at the time of joining. Must not have undertaken a Skills Connect course in the past (an individual can only receive funding for one course). Participants who are ‘Economically Inactive’ are not eligible for this project.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund and is part of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Futuregoals campaign.