Sustainable careers in a sustainable industry

EMR, a world leading recycler, is celebrating its investment in green apprenticeships, as part of this week’s National Apprenticeship Week (8 – 12 February).

EMR has been instrumental in the development of two in-depth apprenticeship programmes with Mayer Environmental’s training division, MET Academy, the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) and industry partners. The Metal Recycling General Operative (MRGO) and Metal Recycling Technical Manager (MRTM) apprenticeships help EMR employees to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the industry such as the transition to end-of-life electric vehicles (EVs). EMR celebrates National Apprenticeship week 2021

The investment in green apprenticeships is part of EMR’s long term sustainability strategy, “Our Decade of Action”, which commits to a net-zero target for indirect emissions (Scope 2 under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) and a 2040 target for all direct and indirect emissions connected to its value chain (Scope 1 and 3).

These popular programmes, along with a range of other apprenticeships are available to EMR employees at all levels of seniority and career stage with numbers of apprentices increasing year on year.

Laura Kedward – Learning and Development Business Partner at EMR and chair of the North West Apprenticeship Ambassador Network comments: “Green apprenticeships are about identifying those apprenticeships which are contributing to our sustainable practices and moving towards the green economy. The next generation of new starters at EMR want to know more about our purpose, our values and what we are doing to protect the environment – it’s a really important point on their agenda. By investing in green apprenticeships, EMR is helping the next generation enter a career that will help them contribute green solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.”

Patrick Davison, Director at Mayer Environmental (EMR’s environmental consultancy and training business) comments: “Sustainability is a thread that runs through EMR’s apprenticeships because EMR is, fundamentally, a sustainable business. It is about the secondary use of materials, taking products which have reached end-of-life and extracting materials from them to be put back into the economic cycle. This is not just about environmental issues, however – it is also about how EMR ensures it is a sustainable business in its broadest sense. To do this you need good people with the knowledge and the skillset to be able to be able to deliver the overall vision for an organisation. And that overall vision is a sustainable one.”

For every apprenticeship successfully completed, EMR ensures there is a permanent role available, ensuring a route into the industry for apprentices.