A new project has begun aimed at equipping companies and public sector agencies with the skills to compete in the low carbon economy.
The environmental sector is one of the strongest economic drivers for businesses in the south west. With this is mind, the Strengthening the Environment Sector (SES) initiative has been set up, with the support of the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency.
It offers five programmes delivered through a partnership of regional organisations led by Cornwall College Business (CCB) including Rezolve, Environmental Skills Network, Global Action Plan, Business Link for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset and the Cornwall Development Company.
Some of the courses are a response to Government legislation, which encourages the generation of sustainable energy through micro-renewable technology as well as reducing the UK’s carbon footprint. SES flagship programmes, Planning for Energy and Carbon Management, aim to help businesses financially benefit as well as comply with legislation, resulting in real competitive advantage for organisations in the region.
Justin Olosunde responsible for environmental goods and services at CCB and who is leading the project said: “The environmental industry is set to play a key role in the south west’s economy and Strengthening the Environment Sector programmes are designed specifically to help businesses and public sector agencies increase profit, skills and knowledge as well as avoid penalties for carbon output.”
SES offers training up to degree level and is relevant for businesses and organisations of any size from the self-employed to large corporates like supermarkets or airports and public sector departments such as local authorities.