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Construction workers benefit from the new Green Skills Training opportunities

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A mix of students, local tradespeople and local self–builders recently attended the free Sustainable Construction Awareness course at @borders-college – part of the Green Skills Training programme recently launched to provide opportunities to employers and businesses to reskill their staff in sustainable practices.

The training, which focused on practices that can help to construct homes with very high levels of energy efficiency, was delivered by a team of expert staff and consisted of four pillars of sustainable construction – insulate, build tight, ventilate right and low-carbon heating systems.

The team of trainers delivered the learning through talks, demonstrations and practical hands-on activities, with the informative sessions highlighting the skills needed to reduce emissions from the built environment and help build a greener future.

Greg Steel, Curriculum and Learning Manager for Sustainable Construction, commented:

“There has never been a more important time for our local tradespeople to start on their transition to ‘net zero’, and this is the ideal opportunity to get the help and support that we can offer.”

The Green Skills Training menu of over a dozen environmentally-focused pathways allow employers to upskill and reskill their staff by attending awareness courses that offer an introduction to sustainable construction techniques through to specialist accredited training courses for heating engineers.

Supported by the ESP, these courses have been developed to increase Scotland’s capability and capacity for the energy, engineering and construction sectors to meet industry demand and aim to help address the climate emergency.

Read more about Green Skills Training opportunities at Borders College and what funding is available, by following this link:

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