EN:Able Communities

Our Work

EN:Able Communities CIO supports training and employment across the North of England through grants, projects and other charitable efforts.

Training, Skills & Employment Support for communities

What does EN:Able Communities do?

As the charitable arm of Efficiency North, EN:Able Communities CIO seeks to relieve unemployment and advance education and training in Northern England to help boost social mobility in communities served by Efficiency North's social housing landlord membership.

Our work is now centred around the construction and built environment sector, where our wide-reaching industry links as the charitable arm of Efficiency North enable us to have a greater impact in communities.

We provide energy advice

  • To support tenants and residents of Efficiency North’s social housing provider membership live a healthier life in warmer homes.
  • To help address fuel poverty.
  • To support tenants and residents with reducing condensation and mould to support Efficiency North’s members’ asset management.


We enable retrofit training

  • To encourage new talent into the sector.
  • To upskill talent to increase productivity.

All training is industry led through companies appointed to EN:Procure’s suite of frameworks and DPSs for housing repair, maintenance and installation and through trade bodies.

We work with FE colleges and training bodies to develop courses and curriculums.

We support subregional housing partnerships and work with other key stakeholders to enable a range of courses to meet the needs of the social housing sector.


We support local communities where there is financial hardship

In response to the cost of living and energy crises, we will provide grants to micro community groups when resources are available to support projects such as their community warmth hubs, and provision of electric blankets to those struggling to keep warm.


Training, skills and employment schemes 2021-2022

  1.  Retrofit Skills training for tenants and residents of social housing providers to connect tenants and residents in Yorkshire, Humber and the North East to economic opportunity, fill the retrofit skills gap and help tackle the climate emergency.

  2. Construction Skills 4 Life free training to enable unemployed people in Hull and surrounding area to enter the construction industry.

  3. DWP Kickstart Gateway scheme offering 6-month work placements for 16 - 24 year olds.

Through our previous funding streams we have channelled over £1.1m into local communities to help small projects and charities make a real positive impact on the lives of tenants and residents.