Building Skills For Sustainable Development

The Brief

The targets set by the government to reduce carbon emissions require technical skills and knowledge in order to be achieved in the domestic and commercial sectors. The Skills for Sustainable Development project aims to provide training to the unemployed and economically inactive to facilitate carbon reduction targets.

To this end, Bedford College’s Sustainability Department has been providing courses across the East of England in collaboration with over six partners, funded by the European Social Fund.

The Partnership

Bedford College and CHANGE AGENTS UK collaborated to employ Katie Luxton to support theSkills for Sustainable Development project and raise the profile of the Sustainability Department across the college.

Through her involvement in the project, Katie obtained an in-depth understanding of education for sustainable development, as well as the technological solutions available to address environmental issues, within homes and businesses.

The position had a wide and varied role requirement which enabled a broad skills set to be acquired in areas such as consultation, marketing, finance, events organisation, stakeholder engagement and low carbon building design. 

The Results

  • 600 people were trained in renewable energy technologies and sustainable construction skills – 20% above target.
  • Priority groups were successfully reached; 17% of participants had declared a disability and 15% were from an ethnic minority group.
  • A skills needs analysis framework was developed, and skills needs analysis conducted.
  • Student and community outreach in Sustainable Development was also achieved through a Sustainability Day Fair and media and social media developments.


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Published February 2013.

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