Vinci’s facilities arm strengthens retrofit training

Vinci’s facilities and refurbishment division is training its staff to be fully qualified in fire safety and remediation, while half will be retrofit experts.

In partnership with the Retrofit Academy Community Interest Company (CIC), the French-owned company will see its employees carry out various levels of training in centres in Essex, Devon, the West Midlands and Manchester.

“The focus is on building safety and improving the quality of life of residents, and helping them live as energy efficiently as possible,” said the contractor in a statement.

By June, teams will be qualified in all skills areas required to meet the retrofit challenge – co-ordination, risk management and assessment.

The partnership also focuses on creating employment opportunities in retrofit, with the Retrofit Academy CIC sponsoring people out of work to take part in a 10-week retrofit skills bootcamp. They will then receive an offer to join Vinci Facilities Building Solutions on a retrofit project.

Vinci Facilities managing director Tony Raikes said the firm was working hard to meet its net-zero ambitions. He added that the specialist division was keen to go “beyond” building regulations in its sustainability standards.

“Net zero can only be achieved via a holistic approach and our ambition is to work with stakeholders to go further than current building regs, and beyond Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) testing to deliver the best possible kWh per square-metre per-year energy performance for each building, and full PAS 2035 compliance.

“The best way to achieve this is in partnership, and our approach is rooted in collaboration between clients, owners, occupiers and our supply chain,” said Raikes.

According to Vinci’s results for the year ending on 31 December 2021, the wider group turned over £1.2bn. Looking ahead at the time, its facilities arm reported an order book of £1.3bn.

The firm said it was readying a “mixed economy” of in-house and supply-chain workers to operate in response to building regulations.

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