Support for third sector organisations to train staff in repair and upcycling skills is on offer from resource efficiency body, Zero Waste Scotland.
Research carried out by Zero Waste Scotland found a shortage of skills could be preventing re-use organisations from growing their businesses. The new nationwide fund aims to get over this barrier by helping workers to gain training skills in repair or upcycling for four types of common items: electronic equipment, furniture, bicycles and textiles.
Grants of up to £1,800 are available to cover the costs of tuition, travel and subsistence, and any materials or equipment needed for the course.
Interested third sector groups should be able to demonstrate how training up staff and volunteers will increase their re-use activity, and should have Revolve accreditation (or equivalent). Revolve is Zero Waste Scotland’s official mark of quality, for both products and services, in the re-use sector.
Helping to expand the re-use sector across Scotland is a key aim of Zero Waste Scotland. Their research estimates over 150,000 tonnes of re-usable goods are still going to landfill in Scotland every year. By re-using more, we can prevent items going to landfill needlessly as well as encouraging sustainable new employment opportunities in local communities.
Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 31 August 2015. Apply online at http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/repair-and-upcycling-training-grant-fund-third-sector-3rr001-200
Louise McGregor, Head of Circular Economy, Zero Waste Scotland, said:
“Increasing repair skills in Scotland is vital to increasing the amount of goods being re-used. Building on and expanding existing repair skills also has the potential to create many new, sustainable jobs in communities across Scotland. We need to preserve the skills we have and attract new young people to learn the skills of repair, which will be increasingly important to our economy in the future.”