The Teesside University has partnered with recycling firm Sita UK to develop a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in energy from waste - the process of recovering energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from waste.
The HNC will be studied by Sita UK employees who staff the company’s energy from waste facilities around the country, including the plant at nearby Billingham, where it employs more than 100 people.
Sita UK technical training manager Robin Walsh said: “We wanted something that was unique to our business and has the flexibility to cope with the changes in the industry.
"As well as training people who currently staff our existing energy from waste plants it will also enable employees in other areas of our business to be able to develop careers in energy.”
The HNC will be studied over two years with the majority of the course being delivered by flexible open learning, which will enable participants to study irrespective of their location.
The course combines theory and practical work with thefocus being on industrial applications.The first cohort of the HNC Energy from Waste programme will begin studying in the summer.
Fiona Smith, business development manager for Teesside University’s School of Science & Engineering, said: “As a society it is very important that we try and do more with waste and find alternatives to burning fossil fuels for our power needs.
"Sita UK’s energy from waste plants represent a fantastic example of an alternative method of producing energy which, not only reduces our reliance on burning fossil fuels, but also reduces the amount of waste which is sent to landfill,” Smith added.