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Adult Learning Wales puts Environmental Impact at the heart of Workplace Learning

25-January-2024
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In late November 2023, Adult Learning Wales (ALW) was invited into Express Reinforcements in Neath to deliver a three-hour training course on Environmental Awareness to groups of shift workers, working in the steel manufacturing plant. The course, delivered by ALW tutor Gareth John, and Commissioned by the Community Union and funded by WULF (Wales Union Learning Fund) in partnership with ALW, set out to give the workers an insight into the current global climate emergency and how through both their work and home lives they could make a difference to help slow down climate change.

ALW’s Environmental Awareness course looks at key elements around the environment and climate change including; a better understanding of the current environmental problems that we face both as individuals and within the workplace, identifying the impacts and causes of climate change, how we as individuals can make a small difference, and the political aspects in terms of what the Welsh Government is currently doing to tackle climate change. The presentation by Gareth John brought much debate on the current measures in place to confront the climate emergency both at a workforce, personal, national and international level. The workers reflected about their working environment and highlighted the low levels of steel wastage from Express Reinforcements and that any excess cuts would be remelted and reused as part of their current project.

ALW Tutor Gareth John said:

“With Wales being the first country in the world to introduce the Well-being of Future Generations Act, and with current legislation in place to reduce plastic waste to encourage recycling at a wider level, especially with the forthcoming law change in April 2024 that will affect all businesses across Wales, it is important to emphasise this within the workplace environment so both employees and employers can prepare for the changes. The Environmental Awareness course looked at this in much detail and gave the employees the vital insight into what to expect and the rationale behind the reasoning from the Welsh Governments perspective.”

Theresa Murray, CDC for TU & Workplace for ALW added:

“Adult Learning Wales developed a specific course with the aim of meeting the needs of workplace, as an initiative and collaboration that was introduced by The Community Union, led by Lisa Francis. The overarching benefits extend beyond mere time and cost savings, encompassing a reduction in waste generation and the establishment of a clean and sustainable environment. Furthermore, the initiative places a strong emphasis on aligning with and meeting the requirements of new Government legislation. In essence, this proactive and collaborative approach seeks to not only empower the workforce but also contribute to the overall improvement of workplace efficiency, compliance, and environmental responsibility, as a catalyst for positive change, fostering a culture of continuous improvement within the working community.”

The Environmental Awareness course in one of many workplace learning courses that are in operation across Wales through Adult Learning Wales in partnership with WULF (Wales Union Learning Fund). Wulf funding supports upskilling the workforce, encouraging wider participation in training and supporting mental health. If you would like to find out more or are interested in your workforce undertaking the Environmental Awareness course, please contact Theresa Murray theresa.murray@adultlearning.wales or click on the link here.

 

In late November 2023, Adult Learning Wales (ALW) was invited into Express Reinforcements in Neath to deliver a three-hour training course on Environmental Awareness to groups of shift workers, working in the steel manufacturing plant. The course, delivered by ALW tutor Gareth John, and Commissioned by the Community Union and funded by WULF (Wales Union Learning Fund) in partnership with ALW, set out to give the workers an insight into the current global climate emergency and how through both their work and home lives they could make a difference to help slow down climate change. ALW’s Environmental Awareness course looks at key elements around the environment and climate change including; a better understanding of the current environmental problems that we face both as individuals and within the workplace, identifying the impacts and causes of climate change, how we as individuals can make a small difference, and the political aspects in terms of what the Welsh Government is currently doing to tackle climate change. The presentation by Gareth John brought much debate on the current measures in place to confront the climate emergency both at a workforce, personal, national and international level. The workers reflected about their working environment and highlighted the low levels of steel wastage from Express Reinforcements and that any excess cuts would be remelted and reused as part of their current project. ALW Tutor Gareth John said: “With Wales being the first country in the world to introduce the Well-being of Future Generations Act, and with current legislation in place to reduce plastic waste to encourage recycling at a wider level, especially with the forthcoming law change in April 2024 that will affect all businesses across Wales, it is important to emphasise this within the workplace environment so both employees and employers can prepare for the changes. The Environmental Awareness course looked at this in much detail and gave the employees the vital insight into what to expect and the rationale behind the reasoning from the Welsh Governments perspective.” Theresa Murray, CDC for TU & Workplace for ALW added: “Adult Learning Wales developed a specific course with the aim of meeting the needs of workplace, as an initiative and collaboration that was introduced by The Community Union, led by Lisa Francis. The overarching benefits extend beyond mere time and cost savings, encompassing a reduction in waste generation and the establishment of a clean and sustainable environment. Furthermore, the initiative places a strong emphasis on aligning with and meeting the requirements of new Government legislation. In essence, this proactive and collaborative approach seeks to not only empower the workforce but also contribute to the overall improvement of workplace efficiency, compliance, and environmental responsibility, as a catalyst for positive change, fostering a culture of continuous improvement within the working community.” The Environmental Awareness course in one of many workplace learning courses that are in operation across Wales through Adult Learning Wales in partnership with WULF (Wales Union Learning Fund). Wulf funding supports upskilling the workforce, encouraging wider participation in training and supporting mental health. If you would like to find out more or are interested in your workforce undertaking the Environmental Awareness course, please contact Theresa Murray theresa.murray@adultlearning.wales or click on the link here.  
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