Moving towards energy transition yields major opportunities for job creation, and POTEnT partner Milton Keynes City Council is working on the growth of green skills: one of the actions contained in the Regional Action Plan, which was presented at the stakeholder meeting held on the 28th of July, is a training programme targeted to local tradespeople willing to turn to more sustainable ways of working. 

The Council, together with the National Energy Foundation, is unlocking hundreds of hours of training for local tradespeople and business.

The programme covers:

• Training for up to 25 local tradespeople on how to gain TrustMark accreditation for the install of eco-friendly equipment such as insulation, double glazing and new heating systems

• Online training for businesses looking to make the first step in developing an environmental policy, including an all-staff exercise to demonstrate how everyone can make a difference

• Certification for up to ten people to give advice on the best way to make homes more energy efficient

The Council is investing £60,000 in the programme through its £500,000 Green Business Recovery Fund and is intended to help local businesses improve their green offer to local residents and create more sustainable jobs.