Environmental consultancy Naturally Compliant is offering bespoke training courses aimed at raising environmental awareness in the construction sector.
The Scottish-based company has previously been asked to provide training for a multinational building and civil engineering contractor with operational interests throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Now the firm is rolling out its courses, which are recognised as CPD events by the Institute of Civil Engineers, to its client portfolio which includes both developers and civil engineering firms.
Simon Knott, managing director of Naturally Compliant, said: “As regulations grow in number and complexity, there is a pressing need for environmental awareness on construction sites, particularly among engineers.
“There are a lot more engineers than environmental representatives on live sites, so if they are aware of issues and catching things before they become problems, it’s good for everyone involved in the project. An added bonus is that the course is recognized as a CPD event by ICE which can be put towards an engineers’ journey towards chartership.
“We live in a connected world in which environmental impact is taken very seriously. It is very much in the interests of companies to protect against events or incidents which could causes substantial reputational as well as environmental damage.”
Initially, Naturally Compliant is offering two training opportunities:
· A general environmental awareness course aimed at engineers.
· A more in-depth syllabus aimed at senior managers and covering a range of topics such as protected species, the implications and potential impact of the permitting systems and waste management.
Mr Knott said: “The Environmental Awareness course has been a resounding success with excellent feedback. It is a site-based day course and can be attended by up to 15 people which was also helpful to address site-specific questions. It has proved to be a sustainable model.
“Ultimately our aim is to increase awareness of environmental constraints and how to mitigate them to achieve a successful, environmentally compliant project.”
Naturally Compliant, which increased its revenues by a factor of seven in the last financial year, has five full-time employees and draws on top-level expertise from professionals in fields such as archaeology and ecology.