The waste industry sector will be provided with a package of education and training on advanced waste treatment technologies, as part of a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Courses provided by Defra range from a 30 credit Masters module in advanced waste management technologies to a level three Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) in the principles and practices of sustainable wastes management.
Teaching and learning materials in these courses are already formally accredited by CIWM who hope to seek similar endorsements for the courses by other bodies.
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said: This is a very exciting development for the waste industry as it faces up to the challenge of harnessing new and advanced waste treatment technologies.
We have already had requests from 44 universities for the Masters level materials, and we are supporting the first VRQ and HLA courses being run.
Training on advanced waste treatment technologies includes: pyrolysis, gasification, mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion.
Defras head of new technologies Dave Brooks said: Very early on, we identified a significant knowledge gap about some of the latest alternative waste treatment technologies. We have now filled that gap at every level, from technical information and training for local authorities through to university and post graduate level learning and research.
Course materials will be distributed and promoted by CIWM to the waste management sector, educational establishments and approved training delivery bodies.