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Retrofit and Construction

Heat is constantly leaking out through windows, doors, and uninsulated walls, making our heating systems work harder for more money and less warmth.  

Retrofitting is improvement work on an existing building to improve its energy efficiency, making it easier to heat, retain that heat for longer, and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.  

Retrofit and Construction in Manchester 

Manchester’s Post Covid Economic Recovery Plan highlights retrofit is key to achieving clean and inclusive growth. We are working with businesses to develop a major long-term affordable housing retrofit programme with energy efficiency, low carbon heat and electricity, bringing with it an estimated 4135 jobs. 

Roles include: 

  • Heating engineers  
  • Electrical trade and installations 
  • Plumbers 
  • Joiners 
  • Roofers 
  • Plasterers 
  • Multi-skilled trade 
  • Architects 
  • Project managers 
  • Site supervisors 
  • Planners 
  • Designers 
  • Retrofit specific roles (coordinator, designer etc.) 

Pathways into the Retrofit and Construction sector:

Skills Bootcamps offer free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks giving people the opportunity to build up sector specific skills. You'll be offered a job interview once you complete the course.

One Manchester are working in partnership to deliver Green Skills Bootcamps in construction multi skills. Find out more about the skills bootcamp in construction and rail engineering

Contact or call 01612301057 to register your interest 

The Skills Bootcamp for Retrofit, is a flexible course of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. For more information on applying for the bootcamp or to find out about other courses including Heat Pump Installation, NVQs for retrofit (levels 2, 3 and 4, and Retrofit Assessor visit or email  

Coming soon "The Green Skills Academy" The Academy will house the latest green technology equipment in order for businesses and individuals to gain the knowledge and skills which will place Greater Manchester at the forefront of emerging technologies.  Find out more about and register your interest in the Green Skills Academy

The Manchester College offer a variety of construction courses that all have bespoke modulars on retrofit no matter the trade.  Find out more about available courses

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