Veolia and GMB open new training facility

Sheffield recycling and waste employees are to benefit from a new state-of-the-art training facility on Lumley Street. The GMB/ Veolia Environmental Services training facilities are a partnership between Veolia and the Union GMB.

The centre was officially opened recently by Tom Spaul, Executive Director, Veolia Environmental Services and Graham Benton, GMB Senior Organiser. During the opening event, a learning agreement was signed between Veolia and GMB as part of a Skills Pledge Strategy. This strategy is being piloted by Sheffield which in turn will be rolled out nationally.

The former offices have been refurbished into two training rooms, a conference room and fully fitted kitchen. GMB have purchased computers which will allow employees access to eLearning courses such as basic numeracy, literacy and ICT.

Tom Spaul, Executive Director, Veolia Environmental Services said, “The investment in this new training facility demonstrates our commitment to the development of our employees. It will also provide education and learning opportunities within the community which forms part of Veolia’s national Skills for Life and Corporate Social Responsibility pledge”.

Peter Davies, GMB Organising Officer said, “This facility is the biggest and best example of partnership work within the region. We have a good working relationship with Veolia and look forward to a developing our education partnership”.

The training facility will not only benefit employees in Sheffield but also those from further afield. Charity Nomad Opening Doors, which provides a range of housing support and training activities for vulnerable people living in Sheffield, will also be making use of the facilities. The charity will use this space to support training and development activities for its staff team and are excited about the prospect of having access to such good quality resources. Visit Nomad’s website on


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