Funding for staff sustainability training available for SMEs

Published on by Sarah Babajee, Skills Adviser, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

Is your business taking its first steps on the Go Green journey? Is staff wellbeing through skills development a part of your Go Green Action Plan? Could your organisation benefit from specific sustainability training for your staff?

If so, this programme can provide you with support. It gives employees of SMEs (who are aged over 19) funding to undertake specific units of accredited qualifications. The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership has a Skills Support for the Workforce project, funded by the European Social Fund – Investing in jobs and skills. This is run by Weston College in partnership with other colleges and private providers in the region.

What training is available?

A fully funded Business Admin diploma module called ‘Support Environmental Sustainability in a Business Environment’ is available to Go Green members (subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria). This module aims to introduce learners to the principles of environmental sustainability in a business environment and develop the knowledge and skills required to support them. This includes:

  • current legislation in relation to environmental sustainability in a business environment
  • government incentives that support environmental sustainability in a business environment
  • analysis of the relationship between environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility
  • health and safety considerations for environmental sustainability and waste management
  • techniques to evaluate the impact of an organisation’s environmental and sustainability policies and procedures
  • evaluation of the the impact of an organisation’s business on its environment
  • promotion of a culture of efficient consumption of energy in line with an organisation’s energy management policies
  • establishment of procedures to minimise waste and maximise the recycling of materials
  • establishment of procedures to meet hazardous waste regulations

Is that the only course on offer?

If that module is not suitable, alternatives can be found that might better support your business objectives. The Skills Support for the Workforce programme can fund alternative modules, provided they fit the programme’s criteria on guided learning hours and credit values. The programme co-ordinators are currently liaising with colleges in Bristol, Bath and Weston, and some private providers to deliver learning modules, and they can inform you of what locations are currently available for training.

Ok, I’m interested. what do I need to do next?

Sarah Babajee is on hand to identify and engage with businesses and eligible learners, to guide the providers towards the kinds of training employers are looking for, and to support the module providers and help them deliver training.

For further information and to arrange a free Training Needs Analysis for your company, please contact the LEP skills team info@woeskills.co.uk or contact Sarah Babajee, Skills Adviser, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership sarah.babajee@woeskills.co.uk.

To express your interest in the ‘Support Environmental Sustainability in a Business Environment’ module please complete the form below.