ADVERTORIAL: Construction and engineering businesses to get help going green from DN Colleges Group

Construction and engineering firms in the Humber are being urged to find out more about the opportunities presented by the green industrial revolution.

The DN Colleges Group has attracted Skills Development Funding to widen interest in renewable energy and sustainability.

The £12 billion ‘Ten Point Plan’ aims to mobilise private investment and reduce UK emissions by 180 million tonnes of carbon dioxide between 2023 and 2032. It will make homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, with the scale highlighted by one ambition to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.

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The group, uniting North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe and Doncaster College, is going online to promote the growth it could bring to businesses in the Humber, with physical events planned next month.

Employers will hear from Ranya Shields, managing director of Regeneros Ltd and John Johnson, Helios.

Ranya is a veteran sustainability and energy management expert with more than 20 years’ experience in energy management and sustainability services and related solutions with Fortune 100s and leading architectural firms.

John was inspired by Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, which led to a strong interest in environmental entrepreneurialism, taking him from energy performance certificates to radiant heating systems and smart home technology in Hull.

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Funding for training and staff development opportunities will also be discussed.

Jill Cooper, executive director for employer engagement and projects at DN Colleges Group, said: “Local businesses are making changes to ensure their organisation remains competitive and can deliver products and services to meet current and future customer needs. Examples are introducing ground source heat pumps, wind turbines, reducing carbon emissions, and implementing more sustainable processes which mean construction, manufacturing and engineering businesses may need to change and adapt quite quickly within their market.

“The speakers are reputable in their profession with fantastic experience to share and obviously from our perspective it’s the link to the training and development required to ensure staff can adopt these new technologies.”

Events take place between 4pm and 6pm, starting with an online session on Thursday, January 20; then in-person event at HETA, Hull, on Tuesday, February 1 and Healing Manor on February 3. Follow the link here.

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