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Working together to develop environmental standards for a sustainable future.
EP@W has been asked by the Learning and Skills Council (Greater Manchester) to help put together a project to develop and deliver environmental and sustainable skills for the North West. A cross section of organisations from the Environmental Technology and Services Sector representing business, learning and the environment will be working together.
Responding to the demand side and guided by national bodies including Sector Skills Councils, the Qualifications Curriculum Authority, The Environment Agency and Action Energy the initiative will provide a model for other sectors.
This initiative will help to turn the Action Plan for Sustainable Development and Skills into practice - and thereby move towards a more sustainable future.
For further information and if you would like to be associated with this initiative contact either Dr Charlie Clutterbuck or Nancy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:+44 (0)1254 381289
For more on the work of the Learning and Skills Council visit:
September 23rd 2003
“…this is not a strategy but a plan for action. We need to embrace sustainable development across the education system so that best practice becomes common practice. Not as a bureaucratic add-on but as an integral part of the skills development of this country and its economy.”
The Sector Skills Councils and Sector Skills Development Agency are tasked with making sustainable development a priority and addressing the generic skills, and sector specific skills, required to implement sustainable technologies and practices.
The four objectives of the plan aim to drive sustainable development throughout all aspects of the education system: from skills and curriculum development, to reducing impacts of education establishments and linking sustainable education with community capacity building. The Action Plan emphasises the "critical importance of partnership" throughout.
The Sustainable Development Action Plan for Education and Skills is available at www.dfes.gov.uk/sd/
Several Skills Councils are setting up a group to determine the competencies required to deliver healthy food on farm through to the fork. May 2005.
Contact us for further details of this ongoing work.