Zero Waste Scotland offers new training opportunity for re-use organisations

Support for third sector organisations to train staff in repair and upcycling skills is on offer from Scotland’s resource efficiency body Zero Waste Scotland.

29 Jun 15

Research carried out by Zero Waste Scotland found a shortage of skills could be preventing re-use organisations from growing their businesses. The new nationwide fund aims to get over this barrier by helping workers to gain training skills in repair or upcycling for four types of common items: electronic equipment, furniture, bicycles and textiles.

Grants of up to £1,800 are available to cover the costs of tuition, travel and subsistence, and any materials or equipment needed for the course.

Interested third sector groups should be able to demonstrate how training up staff and volunteers will increase their re-use activity, and should have Revolve accreditation (or equivalent). Revolve is Zero Waste Scotland’s official mark of quality, for both products and services, in the re-use sector.

Helping to expand the re-use sector across Scotland is a key aim of Zero Waste Scotland. Our research estimates over 150,000 tonnes of re-usable goods are still going to landfill in Scotland every year. By re-using more, we can prevent items going to landfill needlessly as well as encouraging sustainable new employment opportunities in local communities.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 31 August 2015. Apply online at

Louise McGregor, Head of Circular Economy, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Increasing repair skills in Scotland is vital to increasing the amount of goods being re-used. Building on and expanding existing repair skills also has the potential to create many new, sustainable jobs in communities across Scotland. We need to preserve the skills we have and attract new young people to learn the skills of repair, which will be increasingly important to our economy in the future. 

Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. As a facilitator and enabler of change, we help to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and promote responsible water use – all as part of a journey towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google PlusLinkedIn
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