Giving the Green Light to Training; Environmental Academy Launched in the North

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Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor

AN Environmental Academy was launched last night to help companies under pressure from mounting green legislation and customer demands.

The training venture is a sister company to Newcastle-based consultancy The Environment Practice.

The launch at the Castle Keep in Newcastle was attended by more than 100 representatives from businesses, education and regeneration bodies.

Academy managing director Rita Callender said: "At a time when everyone from Richard Branson to David Cameron are proclaiming the importance of issues such as climate change, the Environmental Academy will provide a centre of excellence for environmental training for a wide range of industries. It represents a significant step forward for environmental training in the UK.

"The ever increasing emphasis on all aspects of environmental management has meant that the legislative burden on companies is growing, as are the expectations of customers, employees and the supply chain.

"There is no sign of this reducing and consequently the demand for well qualified and knowledgeable staff will continue to increase. A dedicated training school which is committed to providing high standards in environmental training will help bridge this gap. …