Energy extracted from waste can produce useful power and reduces landfill, which is good news for Scotland’s economy and the environment.

Scotland produces its fair share of waste each year, but we also produce our share of another valuable resource — trained and highly skilled staff. It’s a resource that can help us turn our waste into energy. SQA offer a wide range of relevant Waste Management qualifications all developed in association with the industry.

About the industry

Energy & Utility Skills

Energy & Utility Skills is an employer-led membership organisation that helps ensure the gas, power, waste management and water industries have the skills they need — now and in the future. They help employers attract new talent, develop their workforces, and assure a high level of competence across their businesses.

SQA is a valued and trusted awarding organisation working with the full support of Energy & Utility Skills to develop qualifications that meet employers’ needs. A tried and tested partner, SQA possesses a sound understanding of our sector and are able to meet our employers’ high expectations.

Barry Smith, Business Development & Assessment Director at Energy & Utility Skills

Industry recognised qualifications

SQA offer a wide range of relevant Waste Management qualifications all developed in association with the industry. Qualifications are awarded jointly in Scotland with the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB). WAMITAB award waste qualifications throughout the UK.

"WAMITAB values their close partnership with SQA, which allows them to offer quality-assured qualifications to the Scottish waste and resource management sector. With the drive towards a Circular Economy and the ambitious targets of Zero Waste Scotland high on the agenda it has never been more important that the workforce has the right skills and competences to support innovative, safe and environmentally sound ways of working. Working together, WAMITAB and SQA are well-placed to support the Scottish Government and help Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources."

Chris James, CEO, WAMITAB

Getting into the industry

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