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 The GreenPoint initiative aims at creating a new environmental figure for the metal sector, especially SMEs with low-qualified workers, in order to foster a green culture in the sector and provide a qualified staff, able to deal with the environmental performance of the enterprises.

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The final conference of the GreenPoint project was organised by GNFA in Paris on Wednesday 17th of September.

This event was the opportunity for the partners in the project to enlight the results of this project, and share with the stakeholders this positive experience. 

Didier Arnould, director of GNFA introduced the day by thanking all the participants. As introduction, he said that "the succes has been reached, and we can congratulates the partners for this work". Indeed, over 95% of the trainees were satisified with the pilot training, and 100% raised their initial competences. If the main difficulty was to convince enterprises to join the project, their is a clear need and a green market to work on. 

Eleonora Piccime, from Orgalime, Representing Interests of Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic, Metalworking & Metal Articles Industries, came back on the need for this kind of initiative in order to support SMEs to get a better knowledge on EU regulation such as WEEE or waste regulations. 

Alejandro Soliveres, from FEMEVAL and Cécile Sauvage, from FEH, also came back on the project, presenting its context, partners and main activities. Cécile thanked partners for their work, and participants to take part in the initiative. After this, each partner made a short presentation with the course results observed in each of the particpating country. 

Partners wanted a dynamic final event, and for this reason, they gave big importance to the experts of the project, who were invited to participate in a round table. During this session, they answered to a series of question about the metal economy, jobs and market needs. They also talked about the need to provide proper training to future generations and to attract them toward this challenging sector. 

Those environmental experts, who collaborated in the project during those two years, are Juan Manuel Arnandis from SGSpain, Alain Zavier from Alza Solutions – France, Paul King from MIG SGS Enviromental – UK, Thomas Gaer from Handwerkskammer Service – Germany and Agnieska Borkowksa from Jan – Tech – Poland.

After the conference, partners and participants were invited to share a network lunch. 

 

 

Royston Newsletter

Partners from the UK are currently working with Royston; a dynamic and expanding diesel engine supply, service and repair company. The Environmental Academy are thrilled that Royston has signed up to pilot the GreenPoint course. Royston have 5 members of their team on the course including their Environmental Management Representative, Julie Patterson. It is hoped the course will help the company to become more environmentally aware and improve working practices. When the GreenPoint representatives are fully qualified they will be responsible for spreading the green culture at Royston. We are very excited to track their progress through the course!

Last 13th and 14th of May, GreenPoint project partners met in Newcastle to review their project advancements.

The GreenPoint project is now at an advanced stage of execution, and partners took the opportunity of this meeting to review the pilot results and deployment activities. There are still a few places to participate as company in the GreenPoint deployment. Please contact your national contact point if you are interested!

The first feedbacks on the training were very positive, and partners noticed a high interest from both the companies and the workers in the GreenPoint course. Also, partners discussed the posibility of undertaking further activities under the GreenPoint such as course new levels and topics, especially targeted to youth workers. 

The full project results will be presented during the final conference of the project that will take place in Paris on September 17th. The full programme of the conference will be published soon. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to contact us for registration or further information!

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In France, 8 people took place in the training in Nantes at GNFA centre. The first feedbacks are very positive; trainees found the learning module very attractive and interesting. It really motivated them to communicate this initiative throughout their companies and contacts. This is encouraging and proofs that our approach is really useful and will help to generalize environmental actions in the automotive sector.

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