Kier Stoke, the joint venture between Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Kier to deliver repairs and maintenance to the city’s 19,300 council homes, has started a training programme with the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence to train and qualify its workforce in green retrofit skills.
Participants are working towards attaining the CoRE Diploma in Advanced Retrofit.
A team of 12 Kier Stoke technicians will be involved in a comprehensive training programme that covers a range of retrofit measures and product training and leads to a Level 2 QCF qualification in ‘Understanding Sustainable Refurbishment’.
The training is being co-ordinated by and held at CoRE, the national centre of excellence for green building retrofit.
Delivered by industry experts and systems suppliers including Wetherby, Alsecco and Insuletics, the course will ensure that teams working on council houses in Stoke-on-Trent will have the most up-to-date knowledge as they work on a major refurbishment project to upgrade the city’s housing stock.
CoRE chief executive David Pierpoint explained that Kier Stoke is taking responsible retrofit very seriously, and is establishing a leadership role in the sector.
Its expertise is being developed at every level in its business, he added.
Kier Stoke head of operations Richard Wall said: “We’re proud to lead the way in our industry and investing in staff is essential in ensuring our service remains best in class.
“Continually investing in staff ensures they feel valued, increases their employability and means the tenants we serve get a consistently great experience and a high-quality job.”