Green Upskilling (£2m)

Green Upskilling

Funding for the provision of green upskilling/training, retraining or progression to ensure that the future green economy provides opportunities for well-paid jobs for the residents of CIoS. Particular focus will be on targeting high carbon sectors to encourage more sustainable ways of working.


Minimum award: £500,000

Maximum award: £2m


Application deadlines:

Review point 1: 31/07/2023 (CLOSED)

Review point 2: 09/10/2023

The deadline for all applications is 5pm on the dates stated above.


Please note: We reserve the right to withdraw or close any review points.


Investment Priority: People and Skills

We are looking for providers to come forward to identify and provide specialist support to train, retrain or progress within green skills and support high carbon sectors to develop new and more sustainable methods, services and products.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Green Skills Deep Dive, developed by CIoS LEP identified the importance of accelerating ‘green growth’. Among the key findings were a need to identify new and emerging green occupations, encourage businesses to take into account environmental considerations and future skills needs, and to improve visibility of existing green training provision.

Some of the sector gaps that have already been highlighted include:

  • Offshore wind: The certificates/tickets required to work offshore aren’t currently available in CIoS or wider South West.
  • Building: There is a drastic shortage of heat pump installers at both local and national level with training needed to upskill existing gas engineers. Some qualifications are available via FE colleges (Cornwall College) or in development by independent heat pump installers (Kensa Heat Pumps) in CIoS but the uptake needs to be far greater to meet heat pump installation targets. Additional specific qualifications are also needed in areas such as retrofit and passive house design and building management systems installation.
  • Nature conservation: At local and national levels, there are gaps in training provision with few existing qualifications in peatland or other restoration methods.
  • Hydrogen (and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage): At local and national levels, further work is needed to understand the skills and qualifications that will be required as both sectors evolve.
  • Maritime: There is a need for qualifications to evolve quickly to update skills in line with technological advances, e.g., for the operation and maintenance of autonomous systems and advanced fuel systems. These don’t tend to feature yet, or sufficiently, in current training and apprenticeship courses.

We expect any bid to come forward to work closely with the People Hub and Growth Hub, to streamline services for residents.  Additional delivery partners should also be clearly outlined in your application.

>>> For a list of the types of activity supported by the Green Upskilling opportunity, as well as the full requirements of the application, please download the initiation form.


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