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Low Carbon Academy

Who we are

The Low Carbon Academy is the Retrofit training arm of North West Skills Academy.

In 2013 we launched in Greater Manchester to upskill existing construction workers into Green Deal roles such as Green Deal Advisors, Installers of retrofit systems and advise businesses on how to become PAS 2030/35 compliant.

Since then, our team of experts have supported over 2,200 individuals across over 1,000 businesses to become upskilled and compliant in the retrofit market. We currently have over 550 people in learning on our retrofit qualifications.

Why Choose Us

About the Low Carbon Academy

The Low Carbon Academy are industry leaders in retrofit skills and work with partners across the country to provide the best-in-class training needed to future-proof your workforce. We offer courses covering all aspects of the Retrofit spectrum with recognised qualifications provided by GQA, City & Guilds, NOCN and others.

North West Skills Low Carbon Academy offer is UK wide and delivers a wide range of qualifications through various Projects including:

Green Homes Grant BEIS Skills Competition (Project now closed for recruitment)

Lead Partner together with an amazing group of partners for The Greater Manchester Combined Authority Retrofit Skills Hub (As above)

Lead Partner in partnership with Procure Plus for  Lancashire and Greater Manchester Combined Authority Retrofit Skills Bootcamp

ESF – Skills Support for the Workforce for Low Carbon and Construction Skills across Lancashire, Sheffield, Greater Manchester, York and North Yorkshire

Commercial Low Carbon and Construction Qualifications – all other parts of the UK

Liverpool and Halton Community Renewal Fund (CRF)

Nationally Recognised Qualifications

NVQ’s and qualifications that lead to a Blue, Gold, or Black CSCS card for all qualified people are nationally recognised. 

The academy for a greener Manchester

Working with businesses in the Greater Manchester region on upskilling staff in retrofit will help Manchester become a hub of green in the north west. 

Funding Available

Most of our courses are available with full funding, or part funding – but please make sure to get in touch to find out whether you can learn a new skill with government funding.

Skills for retrofit

from the best in the industry

Gain retrofit skills with 100% government funding. Additionally, if you are CITB registered, you can claim your grant back! See our funding page for more information.

“Training and upskilling construction workers is the first step in moving towards a greener and low carbon city-region, and we are really looking forward to working alongside The Low Carbon Academy and their partners to make this a reality.”

– Mayor Andy Burnham 
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Our Courses

The Low Carbon Academy, and our incredible partners, can provide you with the skills necessary to achieve your retrofit goals. 

Understanding Domestic Retrofit

NVQ's For Retrofit
(Level 2/3/4)

Carbon Literacy for Business Leaders

What people say


Don’t just take our word for it – see what people have to say about the Low Carbon Academy
Thanks Steph and George at the Low Carbon Academy, I am now qualified in my role as Retrofit Supervisor. I am now going on to learn how to be a retrofit assessor. Thank you.
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