Business and Environmental Training Initiatives

Ecological trainingTo meet the growing need for improved links between your business and the environment, Penny Anderson Associates Ltd. (PAA) offers bespoke training courses tailored to your precise needs and situations. Given the increasing demands that environmental legislation and changing social attitudes are making on the nature of work and management in the businesses and public sectors, there is an urgent need to provide training on how best to respond to and take advantage of, these demands.

Lack of appropriate training can lead you to lost opportunities, reduced competitiveness and possibly non-compliance with statutory obligations.

Training can take place on your premises, or within our own training room equipped with laptop computer, data projector and screen, flipcharts, and access to our laboratory facilities. Field trips can be arranged to complement the course objectives and to provide real examples to enhance the learning experience. We aim to offer a training service at a sensible cost to suit your requirements. A range of core topics are offered (see overleaf), upon which is built a client-specific or bespoke package, and an environmental training assessment is made before submitting a final course outline.

Core Topic 1: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA):

  • Its legislative setting and future development;Environmental training
  • The EIA process and good practice, using scoping, magnitude and significance exercises;
  • The Planning Act 2008, Infrastructure Planning Regulations 2009 and National Infrastructure Planning;
  • The writing and revising of Environmental Statements, using simulations and case studies drawn from our extensive experience;
  • EIA case studies, e.g. Waste Management, Works Management, Public Participation Processes, Baseline Studies.

Core Topic 2: Environmental Auditing:

  • De-mystifying audits;
  • Types and nature of environmental audits;
  • The contribution of ecology to the audit process and environmental management;
  • Life cycle analysis and its ecological significance;
  • Community audits.

Core Topic 3: Protected Species

  • Explaining the legal requirements and constraints;
  • Key species usually found in your situation;
  • Surveys required, seasonality and likely outcomes;
  • Mitigation and compensation possibilities.

Other topics offered
We can devise a training course or programme around any area of our ecological expertise, for example environmental law, habitat creation and translocation, ecological surveys, SUDS etc.

For more details on our training initiatives, please contact us