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Groundwork Extends Environmental Courses

Organisers of an environmental management course have been forced to hold extra sessions to cope with demand.

The course, which has already been run twice in Coventry and Warwickshire, helps businesses improve efficiency and slash their costs.

Groundwork Coventry – an environmental trust – and Coventry City Council’s Environmental Advice Team are now organising a third subsidised course that will enable firms to implement management systems that will allow firms to cut costs, improve their skills, reduce waste and keep up with crucial company legislation.

The two organisations have run the Practical Environmental Management course in Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon and have been delighted with the response from companies across the area.

Marisa Gunn, of Groundwork, said:

"The course is designed to give people a package of advice, case studies and project work which will equip them with the skills they need to improve performance and satisfy customer demands to achieve the international ISO 14001 environmental standard.

"Successful delegates will receive an accreditation from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and the course is also an ideal stepping stone to ISO14001. Several companies have gone on to achieve this standard.

"The course is made up of seven sessions, subsidised by the European Union, Warwickshire County Council and The Chamber, and we are managing to run it for just 275 which will easily be recoverable.

"Delegates will be taken through the stages for implementing Environmental Management Systems as well as being brought up to speed on all the legislation they need to be aware of. The course will equip the individuals with information that will serve them well throughout their careers as well as aiding their current employers.

"Some companies may be able to save up to 20 per cent of their energy costs. Many firms are just not aware of what savings can easily be made, or just how much they will benefit. In ever-tightening markets we are sure this will be a very worthwhile exercise."

Warwickshire company IMI Norgren of Shipston on Stour sent training instructor David Williams on the first course and have already reaped the rewards.

He said:

"I had just taken over from another manager and knew very little about environmental issues so the course came at the right time.

"It was very, very helpful and helped us acquire ISO 14001. The BSI auditors were impressed with the work we had done on this site and we were only able to do that because of the course."

Anyone interested in the course, which starts on March 9, should contact Coventry (024 76) 832040.

MORE INFORMATION: Advent Communications 024 76 633636

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