Lack of skills ‘big constraint’ to resource management

As the waste industry grows more sophisticated, attracting the right calibre of management skill will be one of the biggest challenges going forward, an influential commentator warned today (9 June).

Speaking at a keynote seminar on waste policy in Westminster this morning, Paul Levett – who recently stepped down from his post as deputy chief executive of Veolia Environmental Services – said that the industry has to “catch up to get the right talent, people and skills it needs”.

Levett spoke of how the waste sector is increasingly adopting hi-tech treatment technologies in its quest to divert material from landfill, and that these advancements in processing require a high knowledge of certain disciplines, such as science and engineering.

He said that the waste sector was becoming more appealing as a career choice, but that it was some way behind other industries in terms of recruiting a higher skills-base, particularly in management.

Since leaving his post at Veolia, Levett has set up his own company, Waste Transition, to provide non-executive and advisory services to organisations planning waste developments or funding.

Maxine Perella

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