Sita UK and Teesside University have teamed up to develop a new qualification, the Higher National Certificate (HNC), in energy from waste (HNC), for staff at the waste management company.
Staff at Sita’s energy from waste plants around the country will take the HNC, which takes two years to complete, and combines theory and practical work. The course also allows students to study irrespective of their location.
Robin Walsh, technical training manager at Sita UK, said: “We turned to Teesside University as we wanted to develop a fully assessed course for our employees - something that was unique to our business and with the flexibility to cope with changes in the industry.
“As well as training people who currently staff our existing EfW plants it will also enable employees in other areas of our business to be able to develop careers in energy.”
Fiona Smith, business development manager at Teesside University’s School of Science and Engineering, added: “As a society it is very important that we try and do more with waste and find alternatives to burning fossil fuels for our power needs.
“Sita’s plants represent a fantastic example of an alternative method of producing energy which, not only reduces our reliance on burning fossil fuels, but also reduces the amount of waste which is sent to landfill.
“We are very pleased to assist them with this important work.”