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Green skills training opportunities launched to support COP26 ambitions

· News from Scotland and Beyond

As the sun sets on the activities of COP26, Borders College have launched a range of training and learning opportunities to help businesses in Scotland deliver on their own climate change ambitions.

The menu of over a dozen environmentally focused pathways allow employers to upskill and reskill their staff by attending courses that offer an introduction to sustainability through to more advanced practical level training.

Supported by the ESP, these courses have been developed to increase Scotland’s capability and capacity for the energy, engineering and construction sectors to meet industry demand and aim to help address the climate emergency.

Commenting on the launch of the Green Skills Training opportunities - John Renwick, Sector Manager – Construction at ESP, commented:

“By working with Borders College, we have been able to identify areas of training that will allow businesses to take advantage of the opportunities available through the college, which will lead to, and support, economic development within the energy, engineering and construction sectors in a very practical way.”

Speaking today, at the Scotsman Green Skills Conference 2021, on Links between Education & Industry Jane Grant, Executive Director - Enterprise and Business Innovation at Borders College, said:

“We have taken the opportunity to launch our Green Skills training opportunities on the back of COP26 when the importance of climate change and sustainability is still very much in everyone’s mind.

“There has never been a more important time for those organisations who need to start on their ‘green journey’ to make the first move, and this is the ideal opportunity to get the help and support that we can offer.

“As we know, investing in training can sometimes be an issue for businesses, but we are keen to talk directly with anyone looking for training so that we can advise them on any funding opportunities that might be available.”

The diverse and practical range of training includes: An Introduction to thermal imaging for construction and engineering, BPEC Heat pump systems, BPEC Solar hot water systems, BPEC Unvented hot water systems, battery storage systems, EV charge point installation, External wall insulation systems, Introduction to air tight construction and testing, Mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems, Renewable technology awareness, Smart Home Control systems, Sustainable Construction Awareness, Water bylaws

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