Train those skills at SustainabilityLive!

New for 2009, visitors to SustainabilityLive! Will be able to brush up on existing skills, pick up new ones and find out about training opportunities in the environmental sector.

The event has developed a Skills and Training Zone in response to feedback from visitors in previous years.

Event organiser Andrew Hilliard said: “We discovered there was a gap in the appropriate skills and knowledge needed for the increasing number of jobs in the environmental industries.

“The Skills and Training zone will fill the educational gap in this fast moving and dynamic market.”

This new initiative will offer universities and training houses a platform to showcase their services and increase awareness of their brands. Visitors looking to enhance their knowledge and skills will be able to source information about courses and training.

Institutions taking part include the Open University, SocEnv, Cranfield University and the University of Bath.

The Skills and Training Zone is coming at a time when the UK economy needs it most. As some organisations are hit by economic downturn, industry still needs to make the transition towards more sustainable practices.

This is being driven by the government’s low-carbon economy which they say will create up to one million green collar jobs.

With this rise in demand for green sector workers, research has shown that pressure is already being placed on the skills market.

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