Sustainability courses for communities and organisations

Changeworks has just released 26 new dates for 14 different training courses that can help communities and organisations become more sustainable.

They range from practical techniques such as Communicating Climate Change, to technical issues such as an Introduction to Hard to Treat Homes. Take a look at the Changeworks website for a full list of courses and dates.

Courses cost from £99 + VAT, but if you apply for support from Skills Development Scotland or the Low Carbon Skills Fund, you can get 50% refunded (see below). Please note that the deadline for both funds is 31 March 2011.

1. Flexible Training Opportunities funding from Skills Development Scotland

This funding gives organisations with under 150 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs. Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there’s no need to pay it back. SDS will refund 50% of the cost of up to 10 training courses with a maximum value of £500 per course. And it’s flexible, so 10 employees can do one course each, or one employee can do 10 courses, with any combination in between.

Click here to find out more. For advice on how to apply, call free on 0800 783 6000

2. Low Carbon Skills Fund from Asset Skills Scotland

The Low Carbon Skills Fund is available to any employer with fewer than 250 staff within Asset Skills’ footprint, which includes housing, property, facilities management, surveying and energy advice, to access a 50% refund against the cost of training in any aspect of low carbon technology/energy efficiency/microrenewables. Up to 25 training sessions can be funded per employer. The training must be complete by 30 June 2011 and applications must be received by 31 March.

For further information about the Low Carbon Skills Fund, click here. In order to apply for the 50% refund, please in the first instance contact Tim Pogson.

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