Laois Offaly to get new retrofitting training centres of excellence for household insulation

To be focused on Bord na Móna employees to help householders insulate homes

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Laois Offaly is set to get a new centre of excellence which will train people to make houses more efficient and help householders save money in energy bills.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, has confirmed four retrofitting centres of excellence are to open within the next three months under the Education and Training board umbrella.

The centres of excellence will open in Limerick and Clare ETB, Mayo Sligo and Leitrim ETB, Cork ETB, and Laois and Offaly ETB.

The Laois Offaly centre will have a particular focus for Bord Na Mona employees, including training in thermal insulation installation, ventilation and air tightness.

"Retrofitting involves making homes more energy-efficient and helping you to save money on your electricity bills," said Minister Harris.

"The government has set ambitious targets to retrofit 300,000 homes by 2030 but we need to ensure we have the workers to deliver it.

"Today, I am announcing we will establish four centres of excellence – four centres to train 2,000 people in retrofit skills, including Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) skills.

"So, if you are a worker in the construction area and you want to upskill in the area of green skills, then this could be for you," he said.

A statement said retrofitting centres of excellence provide the very highest standards of training and qualifications to people attending them. Minister Harris added that this is a very important area of the economy with huge employment opportunities.

"In Laois & Offaly ETB, we will have a particular focus for Bord Na Mona employees, including a six-day Skills To Advance programme that offers the trainee an opportunity to gain a Level 5 certificate in Thermal Insulation Installation and this will be expanded to include Ventilation and Air Tightness.

"We have a significant body of work to do to ensure Ireland is climate-ready and we need workers to have the right skills to deliver on these huge challenges.

"For people seeking work, or people in employment, learning these climate skillsets will ensure you are ready for the future and are in the best place to find work into the future," he said.

Laois Offaly based Minister of State and Green Party Senator Pippa Hacket was also happy with the news.

“I’m thrilled to see Laois-Offaly ETB become one of four centres of excellence for retrofitting training. Thermal insulation installation is an important skill that will be in big demand in the coming years. This move will see jobs being created in Laois and Offaly, and will ensure that we have the skilled workers to implement a retrofitting programme that will create warmer homes, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels as soon as possible,” she said.