UCM Launches New Adult Learning Courses in Sustainability

At the latest Learn4Life event, University College Isle of Man (UCM) launched new Upskilling courses for adult learners, all around sustainability, with more in the pipeline.

The City & Guilds Award in Electric & Hybrid Vehicle course is aimed at mechanics who want to develop skills working with electric vehicles. The course will last 16 hours and includes an online exam. 

The City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment qualification, will be available from January. The course details how to conduct energy assessments and inspections, as well as being able to produce and explain Energy Performance Certificates.

UCM also announced plans of other sustainability-focussed courses which will be available in the near future including an eco-plastering course and Retrofit Assessor qualification, which is currently being finalised by City & Guilds. It is being designed for people in the construction industry to give them the skills to visit properties and carry out property surveys in order to inform decisions about what energy efficiency measures should be installed. 

During the Learn4Life event where these courses where launched, Capital International’s Sustainability Officer, Nancy Shefford provided an insightful presentation about sustainability in business and the workplace. As well as being a sustainability expert, Nancy is a UCM alumni and has worked in the finance industry for seven years before reskilling into a sustainability role.

Kerry Birchall, who manages the Adult Learning provision at UCM said: ‘We’re really excited to be putting on these new courses which have all come from feedback we’ve had from industry partners, the Department for Enterprise and the Chamber of Commerce. Developing skills within sustainability is more important than ever before so we want to make sure we’re supporting our community to gain those skills.

‘We’ve got lots more exciting developments in this area planned which we’ll be announcing details of in the near future.’

The new courses add to UCM’s Adult Learning provision, which includes the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Sustainability and the Green Environment are designed to upskill people in the developing area of sustainability.

For more information about these courses, contact adultlearning@ucm.ac.im