ESS Training for Sustainability provides formal and informal training and teaching to businesses, councils, universities and other organisations, and provides practical guidance and assistance in the following areas:
Environmental Management Systems
We offer training to organisations, large businesses, SMEs and micro-businesses which are 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 Achilles Verify schemes. These standards demonstrate excellence, achievement and recognition of their policies, plans and procedures. Without UVDB Verify scores above 90%, 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 (94.45-100%) under Achilles UVDB Verify for our Integrated Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems.
Because these ISO standards are internationally recognised and genuinely improve performance, 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, as well as demonstrably achieving higher profitability. 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 provides 1:1 training and 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 practitioners in the most relevant service departments. We are able to assist businesses 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, restaurants, bars and other hospitality organisations he can, for example review the environmental aspects of all operations, assist with Green Tourism accreditation, provide signage and nature trails highlighting features of ecological interest to guests, and help reduce costs through improved energy and waste management.
Teaching and Demonstration
Our Director Paul Gill has extensive experience of formal and informal teaching, and offers MSc, MBA and undergraduate 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 on Environmental Impact Assessment, has delivered guest seminars to the Universities of York and Stirling and is actively involved in Heriot-Watt University. For schools he can assist teaching staff with key elements of the science curriculum including biology and geography, and has given talks and demonstrations on birds, vegetation, willow structures, amphibians and pond life, renewable energy and electric vehicles. A full list of current courses and seminar topics offered is available on request.