From April 2013, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will be responsible for delivering the training programme which has been run by WRAP since 2002.
More than 3,000 delegates have benefited from the programme to date, and over the years, it has evolved to meet current needs, broadening its focus to cover a wider range of waste and recycling related topics.
Linda Crichton, Head of Collections and Quality Programme at WRAP explained:
“We indicated as part of our new four-year business plan in 2011 that our intention would be to pass on the responsibility for delivering the highly-respected Recycling Managers Training Programme to another organisation,”UCLan officially takes on the new role of delivery on April 1st, with the programme fitting within 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.
“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.”
In the meantime, WRAP has been working with UCLan to develop and pilot a new set of distance learning materials which will help reduce course costs and increase training accessibility for delegates.
Linda Crichton added:
“While it will no longer be possible for the training to be offered to local authorities free of charge, given the financial pressures LAs 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,”Although UCLan is taking on the lead role in delivering the training, WRAP will continue to play an advisory role.
Further information about WRAP training courses and the new programme, visit: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/local-authority-training-and-events
Funding arrangements for local authorities in Scotland remain unchanged.