A training scheme for retrofitters is being rolled out across Hampshire - with one centre being based in Southampton.

Retrofitters are specialists who upgrade existing buildings to make them more efficient - whether that is upgrading windows or new heating systems.

The Government has funded the retrofit of social housing across the UK through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund - with Southampton City Council benefitting from £2m.

So with demand for retrofitters increasing, The Retrofit Academy and workforce solutions and training specialist SERT Training have set up an exclusive partnership to launch The Retrofit Academy Hampshire.

From SERT Training’s three training centres in Southampton, Whiteley and Gosport, courses on offer include qualifications in retrofit advice, assessment and coordination and risk management.

Once in their roles, the newly qualified retrofitters will be tasked with making sustainable upgrades to homes and businesses in the UK, such as better installation, new doors and windows, and greener heating systems.

Mark Edwards, CEO of SERT Training, said the first cohort on the scheme start this month.

He added: "We are thrilled to announce our exclusive partnership with Retrofit Academy to deliver their qualifications across Hampshire and The Isle of Wight. This milestone signifies our commitment to providing individuals with the skills needed to drive their own retrofit plans forward.

“With our range of domestic clean heating and power courses, these qualifications will complement our offerings perfectly."

David Pierpoint, Chief Executive at The Retrofit Academy, added: “The launch of TRA Hampshire in partnership with SERT Training further strengthens our mission to extend the capacity for delivering retrofit at scale in the South East.

"Learners who train at The Retrofit Academy Hampshire will get the best quality training courses available in the UK and graduate in a strong position to support with delivery of high-quality, large-scale retrofit programmes."