Waste Management Training Remains Priority Across Sectors
The survey was undertaken by CIWM in order to gain insight into the current trends and demands in sustainability, waste and resource management training. Over 100 responses were collected from professionals working across eleven different industry sectors and from small businesses to large multi-national companies.
The results showed a positive trend in the amount of individuals and organisations that are still committed to investing in resources and waste training, with 66% reporting that their employers had provided them with formal waste and resource training, and over 63% identifying that this training had been undertaken in the last 12 months.
When looking at the favoured learning approaches of respondents, 64% identified e-learning as the most popular method with in-company training following as a close second at 62%. Reasons for these choices included the flexibility and cost-effectiveness these methods provided in times when budgets are uncertain and people are time-poor.
Steve Lee, chief executive, CIWM, said: “It is very encouraging to see that waste and resource management training is important across a range of sectors and that CIWM and ESA are rated highly as training providers. Investing in skills in this area contributes to a number of objectives – from environmental compliance to CSR – as well as delivering real bottom line benefits through improved resource efficiency and waste reduction.
“In 2016, watch out for our training initiatives focused on Duty of Care, designed to help businesses understand their obligations and responsibilities with regard to waste handling, transfer and treatment.”
Although the results show that many businesses are already investing time and money in waste and resources training, it is clear that there is still a need across all sectors for training in topics that go beyond specific resources and waste management issues but also look at the wider sustainability agenda and those that focus on specific challenges and best practice.