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Skills for Climate Change
Low Carbon Living & Working
Project – Carol Carr
Green Business Network –
7 December 2012
ESF -Background
• Part of England and Gibraltar Operational Programme
• Dedicated innovative and transnational projects
• Operates outside of usual co-financing arrangements
• Menu of themes developed by ESF innovation,
transnationality and mainstreaming sub-committee
• Regional ESF committees have chosen themes for their
• There are 2 priorities
– Priority 1 –Extending employment opportunities
– Priority 2 –Developing a skilled and adaptable workforce
Aim & Themes of ITM
The Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming (ITM) strand aims to
support small range of strategic, regional projects to develop & deliver
new ways of extending employment opportunities and raising workforce
• Active inclusion
• Engaging with employers
• ICT and the digital divide
• Skills for climate change and sustainable development
• Demographic change –Older workers and migration
• Social enterprise
Skills for climate change and
sustainable development
Aims to:
test and develop new ways of addressing the
skills needs required to respond to the
challenges of climate change and sustainable
Key Purpose of Low Carbon
Living & Working Project
• Introduce a strategic programme of flexible training and
education to be delivered by a network of organisations
that meet local employer demands and helps the
transition to a local low carbon economy
(Skills from entry to postgraduate level)
Target Groups
• Areas of Kirklees with lowest academic achievement,
high levels of unemployment, literacy, numeracy and
language needs
• Existing workforce & its trainers/mentors
• Skills meet employer demands for higher level skills in
environmental & sustainable technologies
Indicative Actions
• Basic skills/Level 1 – Entry Level : embedding skills into
neighbourhood learning & unpaid work eg. through offenders and
community orders
• Level 2 – new skills and qualification packages to be developed
with the College and the local University
• Higher Level training – training for those to lead and champion
change – Eco Champions, Low carbon Engineers, Assessors
• Research
Partners (UK)
Kirklees Council
University of Huddersfield
Kirklees College
Yorkshire Energy Services
WY Probation Service
Green Business Network
Kirklees Partnership
Job Centre Plus
Skills Funding Agency
Kirklees & Calderdale Careers
Transnational Partners
• Freiburg, Germany – learning around their development
of low carbon course/modules to become a European
Green City 2010
• Gothenburg, Sweden – learning around their
development of embedding sustainability into their
University courses as well as district heating
• Denmark – in relation to development of courses and
module around their wind energy sector
Proposed Transnational
• Exchange of information and
• Joint development
• Exchange of trainees, trainers
and/or staff
• Joint research
• The total project budget is £1.2m
(1,319,020 euro)
• Transnational activity amounts to
£63,280 (69,643 euro)
Total number of people to be supported
Number of people to gain basic skills
Number of people to gain level 2
Number of people to gain level 3+
Number of unemployed people gaining full time employment
Number of unemployed people gaining part-time employment
Level 1 horticulture or bespoke green qualifications
Primary research reports
New college/university based training modules/qualifications
New district wide low carbon engineering posts
High level eco champions
Policy & Mainstreaming
• Local green skills delivered in more joined up and structured
way, better designed to fill local gaps
• Model low carbon education and training programme across
local HE, FE, adult education, employers
• Integrated Low Carbon Skills Modules - integrate into the
curriculum across a range of mainstream disciplines and courses
• Primary Research (Employers) - test DIUS Windsor
Consultation assumptions and suggest ways in which important
messages relating to a low carbon economy could be delivered in
a more effective way to employers
The Projects
• Green Futures – delivered by Green Business
Network/Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
• Mechanical Services Skills for Climate Change –
delivered by Kirklees College
• Opening Opportunities for Low Carbon Careers –
delivered by Groundworks
Skills For Climate Change
Green Futures
Main Partners
• Green Business Network
• Green Future Building Ltd
• ‘build’ Academy
• Kirklees Council
• Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Training Courses
To enhance the capital project at ABLE 2 Kirklees
• Eco Construction – Including development of
new eco modules in SIPs (Structural insulated
panels) & Pontoon blocks
Eco -landscaping – incl. development of new
eco modules in Eco Swales & Reed Beds
• Aquaponics – Production of food
crops on the fish waste water
• Unemployed residents of Kirklees recruited through the job
centre, connexions and other support agencies
• 60 trainees supported across the three training schemes
• Ages ranging from 17 -57
• Some with learning difficulties & others with mental health
• Additional support offered with basic skills – Literacy &
Numeracy Skills
Progression Routes
Eco Construction Course
• 13 into further education / training
• 9 into employment or apprenticeships
• 1 self employment
• 2 volunteering at GFB
• Other 7 looking at volunteering/training