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1 Skills for Climate Change Low Carbon Living & Working Project – Carol Carr Green Business Network – 7 December 2012

2 ESF -Background Part of England and Gibraltar Operational Programme Dedicated innovative and transnational projects Operates outside of usual co-financing arrangements Menu of themes developed by ESF innovation, transnationality and mainstreaming sub-committee Regional ESF committees have chosen themes for their regions There are 2 priorities –Priority 1 –Extending employment opportunities –Priority 2 –Developing a skilled and adaptable workforce

3 Aim & Themes of ITM The Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming (ITM) strand aims to support small range of strategic, regional projects to develop & deliver new ways of extending employment opportunities and raising workforce skills. Themes Active inclusion Engaging with employers ICT and the digital divide Skills for climate change and sustainable development Demographic change –Older workers and migration Social enterprise

4 Skills for climate change and sustainable development Aims to: test and develop new ways of addressing the skills needs required to respond to the challenges of climate change and sustainable development

5 Key Purpose of Low Carbon Living & Working Project Introduce a strategic programme of flexible training and education to be delivered by a network of organisations that meet local employer demands and helps the transition to a local low carbon economy (Skills from entry to postgraduate level)

6 Target Groups Areas of Kirklees with lowest academic achievement, high levels of unemployment, literacy, numeracy and language needs Existing workforce & its trainers/mentors Skills meet employer demands for higher level skills in environmental & sustainable technologies

7 Indicative Actions Basic skills/Level 1 – Entry Level : embedding skills into neighbourhood learning & unpaid work eg. through offenders and community orders Level 2 – new skills and qualification packages to be developed with the College and the local University Higher Level training – training for those to lead and champion change – Eco Champions, Low carbon Engineers, Assessors Research

8 Partners (UK) Kirklees Council University of Huddersfield Kirklees College Yorkshire Energy Services WY Probation Service Green Business Network Kirklees Partnership Job Centre Plus Skills Funding Agency Kirklees & Calderdale Careers

9 Transnational Partners Freiburg, Germany – learning around their development of low carbon course/modules to become a European Green City 2010 Gothenburg, Sweden – learning around their development of embedding sustainability into their University courses as well as district heating Denmark – in relation to development of courses and module around their wind energy sector

10 Proposed Transnational Working Exchange of information and experience Joint development Exchange of trainees, trainers and/or staff Joint research

11 Finances The total project budget is £1.2m (1,319,020 euro) Transnational activity amounts to £63,280 (69,643 euro)

12 Targets OutputsQuantification Total number of people to be supported500 Number of people to gain basic skills115 Number of people to gain level 2130 Number of people to gain level 3+85 Number of unemployed people gaining full time employment75 Number of unemployed people gaining part-time employment75 Level 1 horticulture or bespoke green qualifications50 Primary research reports3 New college/university based training modules/qualifications5 New district wide low carbon engineering posts5 High level eco champions7

13 Policy & Mainstreaming Expectations Local green skills delivered in more joined up and structured way, better designed to fill local gaps Model low carbon education and training programme across local HE, FE, adult education, employers Integrated Low Carbon Skills Modules - integrate into the curriculum across a range of mainstream disciplines and courses Primary Research (Employers) - test DIUS Windsor Consultation assumptions and suggest ways in which important messages relating to a low carbon economy could be delivered in a more effective way to employers

14 The Projects Green Futures – delivered by Green Business Network/Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Mechanical Services Skills for Climate Change – delivered by Kirklees College Opening Opportunities for Low Carbon Careers – delivered by Groundworks

15 Skills For Climate Change Green Futures Main Partners Green Business Network Green Future Building Ltd ‘build’ Academy Kirklees Council Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

16 Training Courses To enhance the capital project at ABLE 2 Kirklees Eco Construction – Including development of new eco modules in SIPs (Structural insulated panels) & Pontoon blocks

17 Eco -landscaping – incl. development of new eco modules in Eco Swales & Reed Beds

18 Aquaponics – Production of food crops on the fish waste water

19 Participants Unemployed residents of Kirklees recruited through the job centre, connexions and other support agencies 60 trainees supported across the three training schemes Ages ranging from Some with learning difficulties & others with mental health problems Additional support offered with basic skills – Literacy & Numeracy Skills

20 Progression Routes Eco Construction Course 13 into further education / training 9 into employment or apprenticeships 1 self employment 2 volunteering at GFB Other 7 looking at volunteering/training opportunities


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