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Short course

Skills Bootcamp Net Zero Together

Start date
28 September 2022
Duration
10 weeks
Time commitment
6 hours per week
Mode
Online & in person
Cost
Free
Subject
Green Skills and Sustainability
Level
CPD
Credit
Non-credit

The UK Government has committed to become net zero by 2050 and businesses will need to make big changes. Skills Bootcamps are part of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee to help everyone gain skills for life. This short fully funded  course (10 week course ) has been co-designed with industry experts to demystify net zero for employees. It focuses on upskilling, so you become an expert in sustainability and net zero, identifying the levers that your industry or sector has available to support environmental improvements. You will become a regional champion who will have a tangible impact on reducing carbon emissions within the West Midlands.

The Skills Bootcamp includes live industry projects with theory-style learning and has a clear focus on how this links to the net zero agenda. Content includes:

  • Engagement to raise awareness of the benefits of the environmental opportunities identified.
  • Co-design/creation: Working collaboratively to devise and deliver solutions to support environmental objectives.
  • Training and education: Influencing behaviour to reduce waste and use resources more efficiently in the performance of the contract.
  • Partnering/collaborating in engaging with the community in relation to the performance of the contract, to support environmental objectives.
  • Volunteering opportunities for the contract workforce, e.g. undertaking activities that encourage direct positive impact.
  • Understanding of how to influence staff, suppliers, customers, communities and/or other appropriate stakeholders through the delivery of the contract to support environmental protection and improvement.

The skills you’ll gain

By the end of this 10-week Skills Bootcamp, you will be able to;

  • Develop a net zero mindset,
  • Understand sustainability and environmental issues: globally, nationally, regionally, and locally within your organisation,
  • Become the Sustainability/Net Zero Champion for your organisation,
  • Set targets to reduce carbon emissions and increase sustainability,
  • Create a sustainability plan for your organisation,
  • Measure progress against the sustainability targets,
  • Communicate persuasively to key stakeholders the connections between economic and environmental success,
  • Access a Sustainability Champions Network across the WMCA region to collaborate on projects and to learn more about sustainability issues and skills.

To maximise flexibility, you will mostly study online through a combination of real-time seminars and self-paced learning. This will be supplemented with three in-person workshops (week 1: orientation, week 5: case studies, week 10: wrap up and next steps) spread across the 10-week course. This flexible provision will help you balance study with other commitments (e.g., caring, work schedules etc.).

What will you receive

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from University of Birmingham, showcasing your accomplishment to future employers. You will benefit from a wide range of career support services like:

  • CV creation
  • Social media profile support
  • Technical interview preparation
  • Portfolio reviews
  • Soft skills training
  • Coaching from our dedicated career services team to help further your career.

In order to be accepted onto the Skills Bootcamp Net Zero Together , you must possess:

  • GCSE maths and English or equivalent at grades required for University entry.
  • Successful completion of a programme of studies at Level 3.
  • Letter of recommendation from line manager or similar.
  • Being more involved in the sustainability agenda in your company

To be eligible for assessment, your application must be complete and submitted before: Wednesday 14th September 2022. Before submitting your application, please make sure it is complete. Otherwise, your application will not be reviewed. 

What will you receive

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from University of Birmingham, showcasing your accomplishment to future employers. You will benefit from a wide range of career support services like CV and social media profile support, technical interview preparation, portfolio reviews, soft skills training and coaching from our dedicated career services team to help further your career.

The skills you will gain

Develop a net zero mindset,

Understand sustainability and environmental issues: globally, nationally, regionally, and locally within your organisation,

Become the Sustainability/Net Zero Champion for your organisation,

Set targets to reduce carbon emissions and increase sustainability,

Create a sustainability plan for your organisation,

Measure progress against the sustainability targets,

Communicate persuasively to key stakeholders the connections between economic and environmental success,

Access a Sustainability Champions Network across the WMCA region to collaborate on projects and to learn more about sustainability issues and skills.

Meet your instructors

Andrew Quinn

Andrew Quinn , Reader in Atmospheric Science and Engineering

Dr Andrew Quinn is Reader in Atmospheric Science and Engineering, bridging the disciplines of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. His research focuses on the interactions between infrastructure, particularly rail and transport systems, renewable energy and extreme weather events/climate change and how these impact on the resilience of communities and services. Andrew was lead author of the International Union of Railways (UIC) climate change adaptation framework, helping railway organisations globally to improve their preparedness for extreme weather and climate impacts.

Andrew is Deputy Director of Education for the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences. The role provides strategic leadership for the College’s education delivery, particularly ensuring excellence through quality assurance and staff development. Andrew works closely with the University of Birmingham’s Higher Education Futures Institute to encourage and support pedagogic research, staff training and educational enhancement. Andrew’s educational research focuses on how students receive and perceive the feedback they are provided with during their courses in order to assist them in maximising their learning experience.

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