ACL Essex new climate change qualification supports ‘greener’ employment opportunities in Harlow

ACL Essex / Tue 8th Nov 2022 am30 11:38am

ACL Essex new climate change qualification supports ‘greener’ employment opportunities

Adult learning provider, ACL Essex, is offering residents of Harlow the chance to ‘green-up’ their credentials through a new online climate change qualification. The course, which will help residents learn more about sustainability and the impact businesses’ decisions have on the environment, is being launched to coincide with national ‘Green Careers Week’ (7-12 November).

Culminating in a Level 2 ‘Certificate in Understanding Climate Change and Environmental Awareness’, the course will provide learners the opportunity to understand how they can act as drivers of positive change in the workplace and at home. It will also teach how global warming is affecting the environment and the role that everybody can play in reducing carbon emissions.

As businesses move towards being more environmentally conscious, and more roles become available within the environmental sector, gaining the Level 2 climate change qualification could increase learners’ hiring and earning potential.

The course will be split into three units and learners will complete each module through online self-study, making the qualification flexible to fit around residents’ lives.

Lisa Jarentowski, ACL Essex Principal, said: “Arming residents with the knowledge of how to be more environmentally conscious is one way that we can contribute to reducing the negative impact on our surroundings. We’re also encouraging organisations to put staff forward for this qualification, to train up their employees on green initiatives and help them drive a circular economy.”

She continued: “We are moving towards a more sustainable curriculum here at ACL Essex by providing our learners with courses that explore new ways to be environmentally friendly, as well as continuing to look at fresh ways to relate courses to real world topics. Our ultimate aim is to upskill the residents of Essex on sustainability initiatives, as well as boost their hiring and earning potential as roles grow within the environmental sector.”
ACL Essex also offers a free course, “Do More, Waste Less”, which introduces learners to the basics of environmental impact and climate change.
The learning provider will also be carrying out a number of initiatives during ‘Green Careers Week’ as part of Essex County Council’s sustainability and carbon literacy focus. These include ACL Essex learners and staff pledging to reduce their carbon footprint, lessons on learning the lingo on climate change and sharing tips on social media channels.
To find out more about ACL Essex’s sustainability courses, visit www.aclessex.com/sustainability.

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