Barnsley College, working with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, have developed a new Level 1 BTEC course in sustainability to re-engage with local young people who are not in employment, education or training. The course is aimed at those aged 16 or 17 who have left school or who attended College last year and are looking for a fresh start after selecting a course that wasn’t right for them.
The new ‘Pathway to Employment in Sustainability Skills’ course is seen as a vehicle to support progression into further learning and employment with industry recognised vocational qualifications.
The short course will support learners in developing their personal and team building skills together with raising their awareness of the prospects of employability within the sustainability sector. It will include a project on sustainability, sustainable buildings and how technologies can support a sustainable environment.
Barry Dolan, Assistant Principal Construction and Sustainable Industries at the College, said: “This course will assist learners who are considering a career within the sustainability industry which currently has an emerging skills shortage and an increasing demand for qualified personnel increasing into the future. Students on the course will have access to the College’s Think Low Carbon Centre, a working example of sustainable construction demonstrating the latest renewable energy equipment and energy efficient building methods, which will really help to bring the learning to life.”
The project attracted a £2.75m investment from the European Regional Development Fund. This was through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-2013, with the remainder of the project funded by the College.
Starting in August the course will last between 4-6 weeks. Successful completion could lead to progression onto a full time Level 2 course at Barnsley College starting in September or the possibility to start a Traineeship which could lead to an Apprenticeship.
For more details of this course please contact the Think Low Carbon Centre on 01226 216 224.