A £100,000 training partnership between electrical recycling company Environcom and the Cranfield School of Management was launched on Friday by Nick Boles MP.
The business and education minister visited Environcom to launch its joint initiative with Cranfield School of Management, which will see the development of a post graduate programme encouraging innovation in green manufacturing.
The programme will look at the various drivers and behaviour change needed to grow the circular economy, including recycling, using and selling second life electrical items.
At the same time, Environcom has announced the creation of 100 new jobs across its four UK sites, providing further opportunities for the young and unemployed to work, train and develop their skills within the growing UK recycling industry.
“Driving innovation, managing resources and creating skilled jobs within the circular economy is the key to green growth,” said Nick Boles.
Environcom is the UK’s biggest independent recycler of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE), processing in total more than five million items each year across its Grantham site and those in the West Midlands, North Wales and North London.
Mr Boles added: “Environcom is an important employer not only in Grantham but in all of the four areas it operates in. Its collaboration with Cranfield University is an important driver for green manufacturing.
“In addition, the creation of 100 new jobs across its business will massively help boost these local economies as well as Britain’s wider green economy.”
Environcom CEO, Sean Feeney, said: “Environcom is at the heart of a new manufacturing industry that will create millions of pounds of revenue for the UK economy. Through our reuse and recycling programme, we are re-manufacturing valuable resources such as copper, steel and plastic back into UK industry, as well as creating a new remade in Britain market for waste electrical items.
“Our announcement with Cranfield is the first step to build vital skills to drive the green economy forward,” Mr Feeney added.
The company has a number of contracts with leading retailers of electrical goods including John Lewis, Argos and Dixons, as well as with local authorities across the UK.
During the visit Mr Feeney also discussed Environcom’s ongoing expansion plans with Mr Boles, who said: “Environcom is an important local employer and I’m looking forward to hearing the results of planning meetings to ensure Environcom can gear up for the important key Christmas period.”