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Firms in waste sector respond to need for training 

21 January 2014

Increased emphasis on legislative compliance and the development of sustainable working practices are forcing waste and recycling businesses to invest more in training, according to a survey. 

76 per cent of respondents to research conducted by the Waste Management Industry and Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) said that they had invested in some sort of training over the past 12 months. WAMITAB spoke to 56 waste and recycling industry professionals at last year’s RWM show in Birmingham. 

Responding to fast-moving changes within the sector, respondents reported that they had invested in training to develop and retain existing staff as well as addressing specific skills gap. However, cost and lack of time remained significant barriers to any investment in training.

Mark Hyde, commercial director for WAMITAB, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the response to the WAMITAB skills survey. The importance that companies place on qualifications and training was highlighted by the fact that the majority of participants revealed that their organisations had invested in this in the past year, and intended to do more in 2014.”

WAMITAB says that it will use the survey results to further develop qualifications and training products.