West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

28 November 2023

Sign up for change with WYCC on Carbon Literacy Action Day

WYCC broadens opportunities for education and local authorities on Carbon Literacy Action Day.

The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges is celebrating its impact on the region on Carbon Literacy Action Day with an offer to colleges, universities and councils.

To coincide with the UN COP28 negotiations in Dubai this December, The Carbon Literacy Project is staging the third annual Carbon Literacy Action Day on Monday 4 December.

Having launched as a direct provider of the Carbon Literacy Project training in 2023, WYCC is offering more training for universities, colleges and local councils from 2024.

So far, WYCC has trained over 100 staff including Luminate Education Group and Leeds City Council in the fundamental awareness of climate change, and the climate impacts of mankind’s everyday actions.

The team of twelve at the consortium were all certified as carbon literate in 2022, and since then have developed a team of four facilitators and trainers within the business.

Jas Hayre, Joanne Harvatt, Emma Ratcliffe and Clair Kerry (pictured L-R) have trained governors (Luminate), teachers, local authority members and business staff at colleges and Leeds City Council both in-house and at WYCC headquarters in Rothwell.

Now, the consortium plans to widen the offer and hope to hear from colleges, universities and local authorities who would like to take their first steps in delivering positive action, to address climate change.

Dawn Hall, Executive Manager, Leeds City Council, Employment and Skills attended the WYCC’s Carbon Literacy training at Rothwell in September (pictured below). She said,

Carbon Literacy (CL) has provided a great opportunity for the Council’s Employment and Skills service to commit to embedding sustainability into our employability and learning programmes thus taking CL into the heart of Leeds communities.

This approach supports the Council’s ambition to make rapid progress towards carbon neutrality by 2030 through reducing our impact on the planet and doing so in a fair way which improves standards of living in all the city’s communities.

Joanne Harvatt, Project Manager at WYCC is a lead trainer in Carbon Literacy. Joanne said, “It’s been a year of making an impact and we’re taking the opportunity to raise awareness of our offer on Carbon Literacy Action Day. There are four of us now delivering training directly to colleges, universities and council employees and we’d love to hear from more organisations who want to take action.”

Sabina Halliday, Senior Manager, Leeds City Council, Employment and Skills said,

Carbon Literacy training delivered by West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges for Leeds City Council’s Employment and Skills service has been the catalyst for a range of team/service pledges to include the creation of a committed network of carbon literacy champions.

The network will enable the opportunity for Employment and Skills Carbon Literacy champions to shape a conversation to take forward CL within the service whilst extending the learning across the Council to increase the reach/impact of change.

To get in touch with WYCC about Carbon Literacy training, email skills@westyorkshirecolleges.ac.uk

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