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Santander invests £28.5m in UK battery storage firm

Banking firm Santander has become one of the first senior debt lenders to provide financial support to the energy storage sector, after backing an independent UK battery developer with a £28.5m funding investment.

19 January 2018

Evian aims for 100% recycled plastic bottles by 2025

French bottled water company Evian is the latest in a long line of brands to signal its intention to steer away from plastic waste, after announcing plans to produce bottles made from 100% recycled plastic by 2025.

19 January 2018

Costa and Cranswick reinforce plastic waste efforts

Major coffee chain Costa and food manufacturer Cranswick have become the latest companies to make commitments to slash the amount of plastics used in their operations.

19 January 2018

Engineering Council to provide External Quality Assurance for apprenticeships

Employers can now nominate the Engineering Council to provide quality assurance for engineering-related Trailblazer Apprenticeships at level 3.

The Engineering Council actively supports the delivery of high quality apprenticeships that meet the needs of employers and apprentices, support individuals on their journey towards professional registration, and assure the public about the competence of those who are successful.

External Quality Assurance (EQA) for engineering-related Trailblazer Apprenticeships at level 3 has been agreed by the Engineering Council's Board, following a successful trial in autumn 2017.

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) website sets out the quality assurance requirements for apprenticeships and how these will ensure quality, consistency and credibility.

The Engineering Council welcomes the IfA's guidance that apprenticeship standards must link to professional registration where possible.

A spokesperson said: "The engineering profession has embraced the opportunity afforded by this new approach to apprenticeships to raise standards and to encourage professional registration.

"At a time when engineering skills have never been more valued and sought after - as being crucial to the UK's future economic success - it is critical that we reinforce not only the value of engineering but the trust that society has in the knowledge, skills and commitment of professional registered engineers and technicians."

Employers interested in nominating the Engineering Council as their quality assurance provider for will find more details  on the Engineering Council website on how to make a request and what information is required.


18 January 2018

Wind farms set new record

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18 January 2018

New MD for Bord Gáis Energy

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18 January 2018