New CIWM report outlines key skills needed for the resource and waste sector over the next decade

The incoming President of CIWM (the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management), Dr Adam Read, has launched his Presidential Report for 2021, detailing the expansive group of skills that the resource and waste sector must acquire on the next decade to be able to deliver on a raft of new government-led environmental policy measures, including Net Zero by 2050 and the transition from the linear to a circular economy.

The UK’s resource and waste sector turns over around £9 billion each year and 150,000 jobs whilst following a amount of activities including waste collection, treatment, recycling, reprocessing, disposal and the generation of energy from waste. On the next decade, the sector could have an extremely important role to play because the UK seeks to boost resource availability and security and the necessity to supply quality secondary recycleables and feedstocks from the wide variety of different waste streams increases.

Launched at CIWM’s first-ever virtual Presidential Conference, the Skills for future years report captures the thoughts of CIWM members along with other professionals working in, or supplying the waste and resource sector on the main element challenges, opportunities, skills, capabilities and competencies that future resource managers shall need because they adjust to the changing needs of the sector.

Divided into two five-year transition periods, the Skills for future years report outlines six key skill sets which link into major policy reforms set to be implemented in the united kingdom next five years, accompanied by the ones that will underpin the Government’s decarbonisation objectives, circular economy systems and green-recovery business models. Probably the most prevalent future skills identified by the report’s stakeholders include: systems thinking; behaviour and communication change; soft skills; data and it (IT); circular economy reuse and expertise and repair skills.

The report continues on to outline how businesses and organisations operating within the resource and waste sector should forge more collaborative, interconnected working relationships with specialists in other industries to be able to maximise complement the expanded skills set. From material and chemical engineers, product designers, manufacturers and producers to data also it consultants, working cross-industry can help the resource and waste sector to increase its potential and successfully deliver on the major resource capture and decarbonisation plans being implemented at an insurance plan level.

Commensurate with its commitment to aid knowledge sharing, the Skills for future years  report shall inform CIWM’s plans for a fresh skills matrix which is updated annually. Alongside this, a reliable programme of training, development and mentoring opportunities will undoubtedly be provided, both for existing resource professionals and the ones seeking to enter the sector on the coming decade.

While CIWM recognises the role that it must play in leading the resource and waste sector through this critical phase of evolution, the Skills for future years  report calls on UK Government to supply strategic support so improved skills, increased employment, cross-industry and investment collaborations are facilitated on the coming decade.

Commenting on the Skills for future years  report launch, CIWM President, Dr Adam Read, said: “The resource and waste sector will sit in the centre of another circular economy and a post-pandemic green recovery, but to make sure this can happen, we have to up-skill our workforce and attract new talent whilst collaborating with other industries, academic institutions and leading professional bodies. This year’s CIWM Presidential Report not merely identifies the main element skills which will support the resource and waste sector through forthcoming policy-based changes, but acts as a call to arms also, outlining how forward-planning, collaboration and government support are critical if this important transition may take place vitally.”

Dr Adam Read assumes the role of 105 th President of CIWM from outgoing CIWM President Trevor Nicoll. Alongside his new role Dr Read is External Affairs Director at Suez Recycling & Recovery UK.

To learn the CIWM Presidential Report 2021 Executive Summary click here .

To learn the CIWM Presidential Report 2021 Full Report click here .