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University takes on WRAP training

WRAP’s ten year-old waste management training programme will be provided by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) from April.

The move means that local authority staff, which make up around 90% of the course participants, will no longer receive the training free.

However, a bursary will be available for local authorities to cover 75% of the cost. WRAP said it had worked with UCLan to develop distance learning materials which would help reduce course costs and increase training accessibility for delegates.

The costs are between £175 and £320 excluding VAT, depending on the proportion of on-line and face-to-face training.

WRAP decided to pass on the course provision, which has trained more than 3,000 people since it began, as part of its four-year business plan made in 2011.

“The time is right to make that change, and we’re confident that UCLan is well-placed to take on that role, and will continue to deliver high-quality training,” said WRAP’s Linda Crichton.

“While it will no longer be possible for the training to be offered to local authorities free of charge, given the financial pressures they face, particularly at the moment, WRAP has set up a bursary scheme with UCLan. This will provide 75% of course fees for local authority delegates, and will be administered by UCLan.”

The Recycling Managers Training Programme, which provided training for local authority, social enterprise and private business managers, will part of the university’s Continuing Professional Development workshops and postgraduate teaching provision within the Centre for Waste Management (CWM) in the School of Built and Natural Environment.

WRAP will continue to play an advisory role in the training provision.

WRAP will be subject to a review by Defra as part of a Government drive to ensure that various agencies are value for money. It is also facing a squeeze on funding as Defra has cut its budget by almost 11% for this year.

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