A brighter greener future is waiting!

For many people of any age, unemployment is an unwelcome reality, and retraining or learning something new can sometimes feel out of reach.

Matt GregMatt Greg

Matt Greg, 12 April, 2023


There are over 40,000 properties on the Isle of Wight in need of insulation retrofitting and not enough qualified local engineers and skilled tradespeople to carry out those works. Providing a fully funded course delivered by NetZero Training via Island-based Sydenhams Builders Merchants, this is an opportunity for those who are currently unemployed to not just gain those skills which are in demand, but will open up a world of other opportunities within the building and construction world.

With the cost of living crisis and fuel poverty front of mind for most of us, now more than ever, this change in how we build our homes and insulate them resonates. Sydenhams has taken 50 students onto its Domestic Property Insulation & Ventilation course calling it a ‘get into’ programme - encouraging people to get into the construction industry and giving them the necessary qualifications in Green Construction and Insulation. Alan Wilson, Founder of NetZero Training is enthusiastic about this particular scheme saying, “There has never been a better time to get into green construction. This introductory course from NetZero Training will give you everything you need to take the first step towards a well-paid and rewarding career."


The courses have been running since January and will go on through to April and over two to three weeks students will learn: essential skills in external and internal wall insulation, loft and underfloor insulation, and the principles of ventilation. Students leave with a Level 2 equivalent qualification, a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card, and a tablet on completion of a successful course.


This, is an important and essential course, not just for getting people into training and ultimately into work, but for helping the Isle of Wight towards achieving its NetZero targets as a whole Island community by 2040. A brighter, greener future really is waiting.

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