TrustMark has welcomed its newest scheme provider, NetRet, which is also its first to be based in Wales. It is focused on supporting the housing sector to achieve its net zero goals through the likes of the Optimised Retrofit Programme.
Providing training, including NVQ level and vocational, guidance and certification, NetRet aims to upskill the workforce within the social housing sector to overcome some of the supply chain and skills gap issues.
Businesses can register with NetRet to become TrustMark registered, enabling them to demonstrate their commitment to quality (PAS 2035), consumer protection and maintaining high standards. The registered businesses will also receive its licence plus registration.
The scheme provider will support the supply chain of products and services, working in partnership with the Welsh Government and Wales’ academic community in the development of a net zero workforce.
Simon Ayers, CEO, TrustMark, says, “We’re delighted to welcome NetRet as a scheme provider, offering the opportunity for more businesses to upskill their people and help meet the challenges of decarbonising homes in Wales. Helping to grow the availability of trained, skilled workers able to carry out energy efficiency improvements in homes in Wales is to be welcomed and we look forward to working with NetRet.”
Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, says, “The Welsh government is committed to growing the skilled and diverse workforce Wales needs to work in the green jobs of the future, which will be crucial in helping us meet our net zero commitments and transition to a greener economy.
“So I very much welcome the launch of NetRet as TrustMark’s first scheme provider based in Wales. Having a TrustMark provider in Wales is a great step forward in helping us deliver our future skills needs in the construction sector.
“The skills system in Wales is already supporting a broad range of construction specialisms, including new and emerging energy efficiency training. Through our Personal Learning Account programme, we’re investing £2m in a new green PLA pilot to strengthen the offer even further.”