New Foundation degree will help to deliver a sustainable future

The Foundation degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management is aimed at people wishing to pursue a career in the highly sought after environmental and sustainability sector. The part time degree will be available from September 2010 and will cover: workplace and environmental management, sustainable lifestyles and communities and environmental legislation and regulations.

Students who successfully complete the Foundation degree will be eligible to continue their studies in this field by joining the third year of the Environment and Sustainability degree run at Staffordshire University.

Twelve Veolia employees will be the first students to study the degree which has been funded by Campus Veolia, the group’s dedicated employee training and development centre. The Campus was established in 1999 to give all employees the opportunity to acquire new skills, knowledge and increase competencies to progress within the Veolia Group

Graham Morley, Chief Executive Principal at South Staffordshire College said: ‘’At a time when many companies are focusing on the immediate problems of the economic downturn, we are delighted that Veolia Environmental Services is looking to the future and taking a step forward to collaborate with our College. South Staffordshire College is committed to sustainability at the highest level and we have aspirations to become a national leader in this area within our sector. We’ve already made tremendous progress having trained over a third of our own workforce in environmental sustainability, and piloted a number of waste minimisation projects. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Veolia on this project. ’’

Tom Spaul, Chief Operating Officer of Veolia Environmental Services said: ‘’We are delighted to be able to work with the college in developing the syllabus for the degree and to make this valuable qualification available to our employees. We feel that it is extremely important for private businesses to work in partnership with colleges and universities as our joint efforts will make the difference in tomorrow’s environmental and commercial environment.”

The agreement was signed at the Rodbaston Campus of South Staffordshire College between Tom Spaul, Chief Operating Officer for Veolia Environmental Services and Graham Morley, Chief Executive Principal of the college.