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Businesses urged to seize opportunity with new sustainability apprenticeship

APPLICATIONS are still open for businesses looking to increase their social and environmental impact with an apprentice to drive the sustainability agenda.

The new apprenticeship in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability has been launched by Lakes College to deliver employees who can be the social conscience of any business.

Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster has supported the development of the apprenticeship to help to innovate and drive ambitions for social and environmental change.

A demand for increased and improved sustainability skills has been identified in the county, with a need to upskill Cumbrians to support work including social value and social impact.

The apprenticeship could be used to bring new talent into the business or to upskill an existing employee.

Dianne Richardson, chief executive at BECBC, said the apprenticeship could help to make Cumbria the place to be for sustainability professionals – and support businesses in winning Government contracts due to the target of achieving net zero by 2050.

The apprentice’s roles and responsibilities will involve working on initiatives such as managing employee volunteering, fundraising, waste management, supply chain ethics, human rights and carbon reduction.

Apprentices would provide support in developing their business’s corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy and take part in monthly workshops at the college’s Lillyhall campus.

Every apprentice would also be eligible for free individual membership with the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.

For more information about the apprenticeship, email


Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Level 4
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