ESS Training for Sustainability provides formal and informal training and teaching to businesses, councils and universities, and provides practical guidance and assistance in the following areas:
Environmental Management Systems
We offer training to businesses (especially SMEs and micro-businesses) aiming to develop their policies, plans and procedures into formal written management systems, and/or to achieve accreditation for their Environmental, Quality, Health and Safety, under both the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 14001, 9001 and OHSAS 18001 standards respectively, and the UK Utilities Vendor Data Base (UVDB) supplier pre-qualification Verify schemes. These standards demonstrate excellence, achievement and recognition of their policies, plans and procedures. Without UVDB Verify scores above 95%, it is increasingly difficult for supplier companies to work for, or win tenders from any of the UK electricity, gas or water utilities, developers or asset managers. We can provide templates, guidance and support based upon our own experience of achieving the very highest standards under both UVDB Verify for our Integrated Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems.
Because these ISO standards are internationally recognised, companies with these standards and high UVDB scores are far more likely to succeed in marketing and exporting their goods and services both within the EU and in other overseas markets. We have worked closely over many years with both Scottish Development International and UK Trade & Industry, and are very well positioned to guide and steer you towards the extensive funding and advisory support available.
ESS Training for Sustainability facilitates workshops designed to assist organisations manage adaptation and change, adopt appropriate technologies and land use strategies, and develop leadership for more sustainable futures. Our Director Paul Gill has provided guidance to the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for the UK Zoos sector on how to create a sustainability programme, and thereby fulfil one of the requirements for obtaining a licence to operate. He has also assisted three councils develop their sustainable development programmes, including leading two workshops bringing together the expertise in the most relevant service departments. We are able to assist councils, universities and other public sector organisations in their pursuit of sustainable transport options, including eco-driving training, and the use of car and bike share schemes. For businesses such as hotels and other hospitality organisations he can, for example review environmental aspects of all operations, provide a nature trail highlighting features of ecological interest to guests, and help reduce costs through improved energy and waste management.
Our Director Paul Gill has extensive experience of formal and informal teaching, and offers modular courses in biodiversity, sustainability and climate change. He is also available to offer seminars and talks to university departments, colleges and schools. For example, he has lectured MSc students at the University of Edinburgh on Climate Change and Environmental Impact Assessment, and has recently delivered a guest seminar to the University of York. For schools he can assist teaching staff with key elements of the science curriculum including biology and geography, and has given talks on birds and practical demonstrations on amphibians and other pond life. A full list of current courses and seminar topics offered is available on request.