Improving the skills of senior managers in the recycling sector is the focus of a new Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) training scheme.
WRAP is predicting that the UK recycling industry needs to double in size over the next fifteen years to meet Government targets, but in order to achieve this level of growth, senior managers in the sector will need to demonstrate an ability to manage this growth. They will also need the expertise to attract the necessary investment that will be required from the financial sector.
WRAP head of business support Bevis Watts said: The recycling industry needs to grow significantly to cope with increasing demand and it cant do that without the management skills and the investment it requires.
While additional training and qualifications alone will not secure investment, it can reassure investors that their money will be managed well. WRAP believe that expanding the skills set of recycling senior management is a vital part of helping the sector to grow.
The Funding for Senior Management Training scheme offers recycling businesses financial support to train senior executives in all areas of business management.
Those applicants who successfully join the scheme will be able to claim up to £5,000 towards training costs with no match funding required.
Preference will be given to areas such as financial planning, strategic planning, health and safety and risk management, although other training needs will also be considered. These options are felt by WRAP to be lacking in the UK recycling sector.
Training will be either formal training courses, long-distance learning, attending seminars and workshops and even mentoring or coaching.