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IEMA and BRE will deliver a range of new industry-focused training programmes to meet sustainability skills gap.

The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and BRE’s training body - the BRE Academy - have signed an agreement to develop and deliver industry relevant sustainability training courses. 

These courses will be embedded into both Higher and Further Education programmes to enable graduates to have market ready qualifications and support employers in their recruitment selection process.

The collaboration marks another step forward for IEMA’s ‘Skills for a Sustainable Economy:  Preparing for the Perfect Storm’ campaign, which aims to highlight the critical need for environment and sustainability skills in businesses worldwide.

Tim Balcon, Chief Executive of IEMA, said: “Training and education provision is a key service which we provide for our 15,000 strong global membership, who are focused on driving more sustainable practices and standards across all sectors. This collaboration with the BRE Academy will enable us to offer new skills programmes with a focus on the built environment which plays such an integral part of every business and industry as well as the economy.”

The partners are looking at developing courses around the challenges of delivering a more sustainable and resilient built environment, as the effects of climate change are felt on buildings and infrastructures worldwide.

Pauline Traetto, Director of the BRE Academy, added: “As an organisation, BRE shares very similar goals and values to IEMA. We want to make a positive difference and reduce adverse impacts on the environment for the benefit of people and the commercial world. We are delighted to work with IEMA in this way and develop targeted and applicable training programmes for educational institutes and industry.”

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