Vital supporting new green skills training targeting unemployed

Vital Energi are one of seven employers supporting an important initiative by Generation UK which aims to train, support and place unemployed people into high demand and meaningful jobs.

The scheme involves a 10-week programme to equip learners with the technical and behavioural skills they need to thrive in the green energy sector as Retrofit Advisors.

We are delighted to be working with Generation on this exciting green careers initiative as it presents candidates with a unique opportunity to work on some of the UK’s innovative and exemplary heat network projects. The roles available will be instrumental in developing our service further in the residential sector and will help to raise industry standards.

Mike Cooke, Managing Director, North & Scotland, Vital Energi

Retrofit Advisors are in growing demand across energy companies, specialist installers, housing associations and local councils.  It’s estimated we’ll need ~10,000 skilled retrofit professionals by 2025 alone.

Jess Sewter, Partnerships Director for Generation in Leeds City Region explains, “We’re looking to bring the success of our bootcamps to a new green jobs programme for the region, working with Trustmark and the Retrofit Academy and with support from funding partner Macquarie and local employers in the sector.”

Businesses across the sector already report capacity challenges and the difficulty in finding people with the right skills and aptitude for these roles, whilst at the same time youth employment has been severely impacted by the pandemic, especially for those from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Retrofit Advisor programme launches 14 March 2022 and is open for applications from anyone 18 and over, living in Leeds City Region and not in education or employment. The programme suits those eager to make a difference to climate change, provide great customer service, and embark on an exciting new career.

To book on to the programme or find out more about the application requirements, please use this link