Our partnerships:

Mayor Andy Burnham

"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."

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Who We Are

Greater Manchester has taken its first key step towards becoming carbon neutral by 2038 through the launch of a training academy to educate over a thousand of people in retrofitting skills. European Social Funding of £1.1m has been awarded to Low Carbon Academy, which is part of North West Skills Academy, by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to train and upskill over a thousand individuals to retrofit buildings across Greater Manchester.

The funding will enable the launch of the Retrofit Skills Hub. It will be delivered by North West Skills Academy – Low Carbon Academy along with partners The Retrofit Academy, The Manchester College, Oldham College and Fabric. A total of 1,140 people will be trained to ensure the city-region’s homes and buildings are fit for a low-carbon future.

The training has been designed to help support a sustainable economy as the city-region recovers from the pandemic, while also meeting Greater Manchester’s target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2038, which is 12 years ahead of the national target.

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About the Low Carbon Academy

The Low Carbon Academy are leaders in Greater Manchester for 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. 

If you're interested in learning more about what we can offer you, please contact us.   

Who are the North West Skills academy?

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

  • West Midlands Energy Hub Green Homes 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 The Greater Manchester Combined Authority Retrofit Skills Bootcamp
  • ESF – Skills Support for the Workforce for Low Carbon and Construction Skills across Lancashire, Sheffield, Greater Manchester, Telford, Shropshire & Wrekin, York and North Yorkshire
  • Commercial Low Carbon and Construction Qualifications – all other parts of the UK



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Government Funding Available

Skills for Retrofit

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.






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What people say about the Low Carbon Academy



The Low Carbon Skills Team at North West Skills Academy supported our business to upskill 53 of our installers to become qualified in a range of retrofit occupations. The company also supported us with our PAS 2030 accreditation. Would highly recommend. Simple and great service.

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.

The mix of online, remote and one to one teaching has been brilliant. Even in lockdown, I was able to progress and achieve.