ESA aims to improve operations through training

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has as one of its key objectives the improvement of operational standards by providing a comprehensive, practical and value-for-money range of training courses covering legal and technical issues.

All ESA courses are listed by WAMITAB and are designed to enable candidates to obtain legally required Certificate of Technical Competence (CoTC) qualification. Course are also recognised by IWM as part of graduates' continuing professional development.

Degree component
From September, attendance at ESA courses can count towards an academic degree. This follows the University College Northampton (UCN) decision to validate ESA training courses so that they attract Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) credit points.

Stephanie Willbond, Training Executive at ESA, commented: "ESA is committed to raising standards and we provide a comprehensive range of legal and technical training courses to develop waste management professionals. This university accreditation strengthens ESA's position as a leading industry trainer and provides a particularly attractive option to people already working in the waste industry who want to study for a formal qualification on a part-tome basis."

Dr Nigel Freestone of the Environmental Sciences Department of UCN praised the training and comprehensive course notes provided by ESA.

Following the success of the ESA's two previous international study tours to Scandinavia and the USA, a third is being planned to Canada in October 2000. The seven-day study tour will look at current practices and innovations undertaken in Ontario, including landfill, waste to energy, recycling and collection services. There will also be an opportunity to meet the Canadian Ministry of the Environment.

World-wide study
Dirk Hazell, Chief Executive of ESA, said: "The waste management industry is expanding world-wide and there will increasingly be exchanges of highly technical expertise between countries.

"The study tours organised by ESA are a superb opportunity to look at the waste management practices of another country and provide excellent commercial and networking opportunities."



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