CIWM president Trevor Nicoll launches skills and and training initiatives in inaugural speech

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
CIWM president for 2019/20 Trevor Nicoll

New CIWM president Trevor Nicoll has launched a series of careers and professional development initiatives, citing the need to enhance the waste and recycling sector’s skill set and attract new talent.

In his inauguration speech at the Guildhall in Cambridge this week, the 2019-20 president pointed to the 600,000 jobs anticipated in the wider circular economy by 2030 which will mean drawing in future professionals is crucial.

He said: “We need to attract and retain people with a wide range of skills from engineering to product design and behaviour change to logistics and transport.

“We need to ask the next generation some questions. Will you be part of a sector that has so much to contribute to building a more sustainable and healthy future? Will you be part of a sector that will manage the valuable resources in our waste to protect our landscapes and oceans?”

Nicoll launched his presidential report, Green Careers Toolkit, to address this next generation.

The report was developed for CIWM by environmental charity Global Action Plan and seeks to showcase the diversity of jobs in the resources and waste sector to secondary school and university students.

It features career profiles, sector information, teaching and learning activities for teachers, and specific curriculum links to subjects including science, geography, and business studies.

Nicoll also introduced a new teacher platform, Transform Our World, set to launch new year.

The free online hub will host the Green Careers Toolkit along with other resources on environmental action for use in the classroom.

Nicoll’s speech also looked at the support needed for current professionals in the industry.

He said: “The framework covers the knowledge, skills, and behaviours that CIWM expects to see at four core levels of a resource and waste professionals’ career and this work has led us to the development of a new digital tool called CIWM Aspire, which will be launched in spring 2020.

“By comparing their current knowledge and skills with the framework, the digital platform will help CIWM members to evaluate their career to date and offer learning opportunities for the future.”

Nicoll spearheads a new CIWM trustee board, following a restructuring of the organisation.

He is the 104th CIWM president.

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