Kier Stoke chooses CoRE for retrofit training
Published by Liz Male for CoRE (Centre of Refurbishment Excellence) in Housing and also in Local Government
Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE)
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s maintenance teams are leading the way in retrofit skills as staff are trained to deliver cutting edge eco-friendly maintenance to council homes.
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 major training programme with the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) to train and qualify its workforce in green retrofit skills.
Participants are working towards attaining the CoRE Diploma in Advanced Retrofit. A team of twelve Kier Stoke technicians is to benefit from 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 team will then build on this theoretical understanding with significant systems training on external and internal wall insulation systems. The programme concludes with soft skills training focussed on supporting residents to be more energy savvy. In addition, several members of the Kier Stoke management team will take part in CoRE’s masterclasses and retrofit leadership sessions throughout the autumn.
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 says:
“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. We are proud to have been chosen as a key delivery partner in this programme to improve the homes of thousands of families across Stoke-on-Trent.”
Richard Wall, head of operations at Kier Stoke 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.”
Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for housing at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said:
“The city council is committed to delivering the very best service possible for our residents. As part of that service our housing maintenance team is to be trained in cutting edge eco-friendly methods to help provide the very best in housing maintenance to council house tenants. This is an exciting project which we are pleased to be working with CoRE on delivering.”
CoRE is the not for profit, national centre of excellence for green building retrofit. Its mission is to transfer practical retrofit knowledge to support excellence in retrofit products and projects across the domestic and non-domestic sectors.Based in Stoke-on-Trent, CoRE is itself an example of refurbishment excellence, an international standard conference and training venue.The CoRE refurbishment programme was funded with support from DCLG, the European Regional Development Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.