Competency Development


OFFICERS AND ELECTED MEMBERS OF POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL
- Thirdwave has been commissioned to develop and deliver a training and awareness raising programme for Officers and Elected Members of Powys County Council. The aim of this programme is to ensure that the authority's commitment to the Green Dragon Environmental Management System is effectively rolled out across all departments. Fundamental to this is the compilation of a report demonstrating the cost-savings which can be achieved through sound environmental management and identifying relevant best practice case studies.

SUST: LIGHTHOUSE ON SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMME- Sponsored by the Sust: Lighthouse on Sustainability programme, Thirdwave developed and delivered a programme of training for Scotland's six cities under the title Sustainability, Best Value and Well Being. Through this programme policy-makers and operational staff from the six local authorities were able to assess current status and begin to improve local capacity at the organisational, operational and service-delivery levels, specifically tailored to local issues of sustainability within the Built Environment.

SCOTTISH HOMES/COMMUNITIES SCOTLAND - Development of learning support and assessment software for the procuring of sustainable social housing (2000). The "Housing Quality Assessment Program" was created, in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, for Scottish Homes/Community Scotland, the nation's housing agency to support the needs of housing associations, their design teams and, ultimately, their tenants. Thirdwave has since developed a set of Indicators with Scottish Homes (2001) and written the Sustainable Policy Wizard to complement HQAP.

SCOTTISH HOMES/COMMUNITIES SCOTLAND- The Sustainability & Social Housing Training Programme was developed to provide high quality training to key policy-makers and operational staff working with RSLs, with Scottish Homes and with their partner organisations, with the endorsement of both Scottish Homes/Community Scotland. Over 300 people attended the courses including Scottish Homes' employees, housing associations, architects and other design professionals, officials of local authorities.

MIDLOTHIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND ENTERPRISE- Thirdwave has facilitated stakeholder workshops for Midlothian Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise, who were seeking to procure a sustainable new office building to serve as their own headquarters and as a Centre for Start-up Companies in the region. The workshops raised the level of understanding of and confidence in the benefits of sustainable construction and helped the development partners formulate a strategic sustainability brief for the project.

EGYPT'S MINISTRY OF INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION- Policy makers in Egypt's Ministry of International Co-operation involved in physical, economic and community development at national, regional and global levels have benefited from Thirdwave's package of intensive training Modules in Sustainable Development. The courses were designed to provide training in the essentials of sustainability for those "non-specialist" decision-makers whose vital role it would be to create and lead interdisciplinary teams of specialists in these key sectors.

SCOTTISH BUILDING STANDARDS AGENCY(SBSA)

SBSA Home Improvements


Understanding Sustainability for Decision Makers

Thirdwave has developed a co-ordinated package of intensive training modules in sustainable development for policy makers involved in physical, economic and community development at national, regional and global levels. The training modules are specifically designed to provide quality training in the essentials of sustainability for those "non-specialist" decision-makers - politicians, economic advisors, regional planners, CEO’s, research programme managers, etc. - whose vital role it will be to create and lead interdisciplinary teams of specialists in these key sectors.
The training modules can be offered as part of a one-off customised training programme prepared and presented for the client by expert Thirdwave staff or via a distance learning programme. Modules include:
  • Understanding Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Planning
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Tools for Operationalising Sustainable Development
  • Case Studies in Sustainable Development.

Integrated Built Environment Workshops

Designed to help local government personnel and their colleagues amongst strategic partners and the private sector. This series of one day workshops helps develop the skills and capacity necessary to manage sustainability issues relevant to the performance of the urban built environment and to the well-being of their local community.

Sustainable Development and Social Housing

The Sustainability and Social Housing Training Programme has been developed to provide high quality training to key policy-makers and operational staff from all parties operating in the Social Housing arena. This co-ordinated series of seminars and workshops has been designed to deliver a sound understanding of: sustainable development as a core strategic issue for social housing, practical guidance on the implementation of Scottish Homes Sustainable Development Policy and essential sustainability skills as applied to housing development and housing management.