Bringing together officers of all levels to support them with developing the tools, skills, opportunities and capabilities required to help grow the retrofit sector in their region.
Delivered through a collaboration between the LGA and Sustainability West Midlands, the Regional Retrofit Action Plan Training supports council officers to address retrofit challenges at the local and partnership level. The training seeks to support the development of council’s regional work by exploring how to effectively utilise and support key partners and stakeholders both nationally and regionally, focusing on three key themes: training providers, communities, and the private sector.
Each theme reviews current best practice happening across the country, the support currently available, what needs to be developed regionally to support the sector and how effective engagement with partners and stakeholders can play a key role in enabling this to happen. Technical briefings and follow up 1:1 sessions supports council officers to build internal and partnership capacity. The training also provides smaller group work aimed at supporting the development of regional retrofit action plans that recognise the skills, facilities, and employment pipelines required to help the sector to grow at pace.
To enable this to happen, the programme analyses theories on partnership building, compare different examples of best practice currently in use and evaluate the current partnerships that attendees have in place. This will enable the development of clear and achievable action plans, that maximise partnerships to support sector development. It has the overarching aim of supporting councils to ensure all key partners and stakeholders are working together to develop the skills, knowledge and capital needed to effectively support the growth of the retrofit sector, as and when opportunities become available.
Below you will find case studies and resources which will give you a flavour of the work that the LGA has covered so far in retrofit.
- Retrofit Technical Briefings
Sustainability West Midlands Project
- LGA Climate Change Sector Support Programme: Regional Retrofit Action Plan Training – Sustainability West Midlands website
Local Authority Retrofitting Action Plan Introductory Session
- Technical Briefing Introduction: Developing and Maintaining Effective Partnerships and Stakeholder Relationships
- Local Retrofit Action Planning – Introduction (session recording)
Technical Briefing 1
- Developing Effective Partnerships with Training and Skills Providers
- Local Retrofit Action Planning – Training and Skills (session recording)
Technical Briefing 2
- Developing Effective Partnerships with the Supply Chain
- Local Retrofit Action Planning – Supply Chain (session recording)
Technical Briefing 3
- Developing Effective Partnerships and Engagement with Residents and Community Groups
- Local Retrofit Action Planning – Effective Partnerships (session recording)
Technical Briefing 4
Technical Briefing 5
- Building Housing Retrofit Skills Leadership and Learning
Over six months in 2021 and 2022, 24 officers and councillors from local authorities across England were invited to explore, unpick, and address the challenges of retrofitting domestic properties. The focus was on developing the skills required inside and outside the councils to manage and implement retrofit programmes, including co-ordinating internal and external stakeholders, generating demand from householders, and upskilling suppliers.
- Pass the Planet
Moving on from COP26, we continue to demonstrate the importance of local leadership to delivering the UK’s net zero ambitions, and to share the leading work of councils.
- Cornwall Council: Whole House Retrofit Innovation Project
- Cornwall Council: going retro with heat pumps
- Lancaster City Council: Housing Retrofit Action Learning Sets
- South Somerset District Council: Retrofit in Rural Somerset and the Action Learning Sets
- Worcestershire County Council: Potential conflicts between net zero and fuel poverty