Carbon Clever Careers | Groundwork
Location: The Greenhouse, Greencroft Industrial Park, Annfield Plain, Stanley DH9 7XN
Qualification: None

This unique training package offers key insights to a new up and coming industry, with lots job opportunities across the North East & Yorkshire. Retro fitting is high priority in the region and local councils are looking for young, talented individuals to train, gain employment and complete this important construction work. Retro fitting is about the future. Making our homes more energy efficient, is very important work and we need you to make our homes better. In this training you will gain valuable skills to be employed in this growing industry. Vital skills such as handling power tools do, hazardous substances, health and safety at work, waste disposal, CSCS card and the importance of team work and having the necessary skills to succeed in life. There are lots of employment opportunities with local councils, further training and steps into similar industry to help you go far in your career.

Week One

Day 1

Session 1- Green Skills – Carbon Sense, the aim of this session is to give young people information and support around Carbon Literacy. To help young people understand how they can make small changes with minimal cost.

What is carbon literacy

Carbon foot print

Climate science and greenhouse gasses

Small changes that can make a big difference

Day 2

Session 2 – Green Skills - Friendly Finance this session will support young people to understand how to manage their finance now as well as when they move into employment.

Living on a budget

Understanding Essential bills

Banking online: overdrafts charges

In work benefits: understanding entitlement; where to find the information; support in calculating the figures and completing forms

Rental and credit agreements

Understanding the costs of going into work

Day 3

Session 3 - Introduction to Understanding Retro Fit; to explore links to CSCS, what other green jobs are out there and how young people can increase their awareness of the required skills.

The aim of this learning outcome is to provide the learners with the knowledge to identify the main types of documents used in domestic retrofit, typical organisational structures and different types of information and how it is used. The learner must:

Identify the main types of documents used in the domestic retrofit industry

Organisational structures – roles

Domestic retro fit information and where it is obtained from

Week 2

Day 1

Session 4; Be able to interpret health and safety information.

The aim of this learning outcome is to provide the learners with the knowledge to identify the current legislation applicable to domestic retrofit, how to respond to emergencies and typical reporting procedures.

Current legislation

Emergencies and accident reporting at work

Hazards – risks – COSHH

Be able to identify the materials required for work activities in domestic retrofit. The aim of this learning outcome is to provide the learners with the knowledge to identify the key characteristics for domestic retrofit resources, how resources are selected and how to ensure they conform to specifications. The learner must:

State the key characteristics of the materials used in domestic retrofit

Explain how to ensure that materials conform to specifications.

Day 2

Session 5; Be able to identify the risk of damage to the work and the surrounding area. The aim of this learning outcome is to provide the learners with the knowledge to keep a work area clean and tidy and protect the surrounding work area from damage and how to legally dispose of waste. The learner must:

Explain why it is important to maintain a safe, clear and tidy work area

State how to dispose of waste in accordance with current legislation

Describe how to protect work and its surrounding area from damage and adverse weather conditions

Be able to understand the basic principles for domestic retrofit installations.

The aim of this learning outcome is to enable learners to understand the basic principles for domestic retrofit, including pre-installation requirements, installation details and installation problems. The learner must:

Explain how to carry out basic external and internal pre-installation checks in regard to domestic retrofit

List the basic general building defects

Describe how methods of work for domestic retro fit are carried out

basic sequencing for the installation of energy efficiency measures

typical problems associated with domestic retrofit installations

how to identify when specialist help is required

Day 3

Session 6: Be able to understand how to carry out basic domestic retrofit installations

The aim of this learning outcome is to provide the learners with the basic knowledge of how to install insulation to internal and external solid walls, cavity walls, roofs, suspended and solid floors and windows and doors. The learner must:

State the importance of team work and communication

Explain how to carry out work skills when installing internal insulation systems

Explain how to use and maintain hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment

Describe the processes for preparing and installing domestic retrofit systems

Week Three

Day 1

Assessment - 35 multi-choice question

Pass mark 25/35

Day 2

Session 7 – Employer taster work experience week

Day 3

Session 8 – Employer taster work experience week

Week Four

Day 1

Session 9 – Digital Skills – to ensure all young people are equipped with key digital skills at a pivotal stage in their lives, responding to a need identified through recent observations, comments, and consultation with young people, employers, educators and partners across the youth employment sector. Activities to cover:

How to use email and basic IT 

CV writing 

Online applications and interviews 

Job search 

Understanding universal credit online 

Search engines 

Accessing help and support online 

What do Employers want

Day 2

Session 10 – Employability Day –

Applications for Jobs out there

Employers invited in to discuss live vacancies

Day 3

Celebration Event!

A get together for all of the young people involved to reflect and celebrate what they have achieved during the programme.


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Three days per week (10am to 2:30pm



Lunch provided?: No

Has bursary?: No

Earns money: No

Equipment Supplied?: Yes

Has breaks?: Yes

Travel paid?: No