Sustainability training

Specialist training is available which can help you reduce your carbon emissions and operate in a more efficient way.

Find out what kind of courses are offered and where you can sign up for one.

View upcoming sustainability events for your area.

Sustainability training

Sustainability means operating your business in a way that protects the environment as well as keeping your business economically viable.

Training topics can include:

  • carbon footprint analysis and management
  • waste management
  • energy awareness and action
  • renewable technologies

Do an online search to find out about sustainability training courses offered nationwide.

Most courses are offered online. Both accredited and non-accredited options are available.

Green Skills Bootcamps

Green skills are the broad range of technical skills, knowledge, behaviours and capabilities that we need to develop and support a sustainable society.

Green Skills Bootcamps are designed to provide industry relevant training and sector-based skills to support net zero carbon targets. They are part of the UK Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

The bootcamps are flexible training courses up to 16 weeks, with a guaranteed job interview (where a candidate is being recruited to a new job) or new opportunities.

Training is free to individuals or those who are self-employed as long as they are:

  • over 19 as of the 31st August 2022
  • have the right to live and work in the UK

For SMEs, the training cost is 90% funded, requiring a 10% contribution.

Visit GOV UK to find a green skills bootcamp in your area.

Employers can use the list of Skills Bootcamps training providers to find local colleges and providers to work with.


Online sustainability-related courses

There are many universities and organisations that offer free online courses on sustainability, such as:

  1. Business Energy Scotland Green Champions Training Course – a free continuous professional development (CPD) Certified online training course for Scottish organisations.
  2. Climate Fit is a free online training course to help SMEs reduce their carbon emissions and join the collective race to net zero.
  3. EdX is a massive open online course (MOOC) platform that offers courses related to climate change, sustainability, and environmental sciences. It collaborates with renowned institutions like Harvard, MIT, and others to provide high-quality educational content.
  4. Free Courses in England offers fully-funded online courses on environmental sustainability.
  5. Heart of the City’s Climate for SME’s: 4 Steps to Action is a free online toolkit especially for SMEs. Businesses can use the practical resources to measure their carbon footprint and create an action plan that will eventually get them to net zero.
  6. The Open University offers free OpenLearn courses that are available to start right away, such as Sustainable innovations in enterprises.
  7. Scottish Business Climate Collaboration’s Climate Action Hub Learning Pathway is a free e-Learning series containing 12 short modules for Scottish enterprises.
  8. Sustainable Development Goals Academy offers free online courses on various sustainability topics, including climate change, renewable energy, sustainable cities, and more.

Other ways of getting help

Take part in the UK Net Zero Business Census
Take part in the UK Net Zero Business Census