Skills Bootcamp in Sustainability & Environmental Management

in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Giving you the knowledge and confidence to excel in sustainability

The Skills Bootcamp in Sustainability & Environmental Management programme is designed to help individuals find rewarding jobs in the emerging green economy.  The course also assists those already in work to advance their careers in market where sustainability and carbon literacy are essential for success in a competitive environment.


Working in partnership with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA), we can provide this Skills Bootcamp to individuals who live and companies who are based in Cambridgeshire (including Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire, Peterborough, and South Cambridgeshire). Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and an offer of an interview with an employer upon completion.

What does the course include?

This course combines the skills and knowledge from the IEMA Foundation to Environmental Management course, the popular Carbon Literacy programme, the Sustainability Leadership Skills programme, and other sustainability topics, meaning learners could walk away with three course certificates*, to help kickstart or continue their careers in sustainability.

Graduates from the programme will also receive a fully-funded, one-year associate membership to IEMA, student membership for the Chartered Institute for Waste Management (CIWM) during the programme and become eligible for CIWM associate membership upon completion of the course. These memberships open access to learners to further training, networking and recognised credentials.

*IEMA and Carbon Literacy are externally certified and are dependent upon completion of the full course programme and examinations.

How long is the course?

To complete the course participants must attend 60 hours of learning across 10 days. All sessions will run virtually via Teams on Tuesdays, from 9:00am – 5:00pm approximately. This includes one-hour lunch break and breaks spread throughout the day. All timings within the day are subject to confirmation.

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements for the course, however applicants must be at least aged 19 on or before 31st August 2023 and be living or working in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region to study this course.

To be eligible for the training program, you need to agree to obtaining an interview for a relevant role by the 31st July 2024. If you are already employed and your employer supports your participation, you should aim to transition to a new or different role within your organisation within six months after completing the Skills Bootcamp, where you can apply the skills you gained in the course.

How much does it cost?

Funding for individuals depends on the criteria below, Skills Bootcamps are fully funded* for learners thanks to funding from the Department of Education (UKGOV):

Employment statusFundingCost
Unemployed100% FundedFree
Self Employed100% FundedFree
Employed (SME, under 250 FTE)90% Funded£350 for the employer
Employed (Large Organisation, over 250 FTE)70% Funded£1050 for the employer

*with a cost to the employer if the individual is employed

Curriculum & timings

Day 105/03/2024Introduction to the Skills Bootcamp

Sustainability Leadership Skills: Growth & Development
Day 212/03/2024Carbon Literacy Training
Day 319/03/2024IEMA Day 1: Setting the scene, our impact and what is climate change?
Day 426/03/2024Sustainability Leadership Skills: Mindset for Change
Day 509/04/2024IEMA Day 2: Defining a sustainable organisation and how business practices can address impact on our planet
Day 616/04/2024IEMA Day 3: Environmental policy, regulations and compliance
Day 723/04/2024IEMA Day 4: Carbon footprints, data and reporting
Day 8 30/04/2024IEMA Day 5: Environmental management systems and auditing
Day 9 14/05/2024Sustainability Leadership Skills: Engagement & Impact

IEMA Practice Exam
Day 1021/05/2024Summary and next steps

Really useful session with background, methods and ideas. Lots to take in and now implement,”

– Past Participant, iiE IEMA Foundation to Environmental Management Course

Extremely informative; great chance to think more deeply about the topic and discuss; would be appropriate for people of all knowledge levels,”

– Past Participant, Change Agents UK Carbon Literacy Course

Meet the trainers


iiE’s parent charity PECT, has a successful history of working in partnership with businesses, schools, communities and other organisations to deliver environmental projects. It brings its knowledge of engaging with these groups, along with its extensive experience of environmental sustainability, to create a sustainable and practical programme of support across Peterborough and beyond. The charity has significant experience of delivering low carbon and sustainability focused training programmes to businesses and community organisations over many years.

Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK, a charity and not-for-profit, has helped thousands of students and young people to forge their career in sustainability over 27 years. CAUK achieves this through conducting research, providing learning opportunities and education, supporting the delivery of sustainability projects and connecting talented individuals with sustainability careers and organisations. CAUK provides essential skills development training to ensure early-stage careerists can successfully transition into future-focused work, and we effect a transition to greener economy by providing participants of our educational programmes and those who access our green recruitment opportunities the knowledge, skills and coaching to be able to help build a more equitable, zero-carbon and sustainable society.

Ready to sign up?

This course is currently fully booked up – to enquire about future Skills Bootcamps please email

Frequently asked questions

All materials will be issued digitally. However, hard copies of the materials can be requested. Please notify us at the time of booking so we can arrange for a copy to be issued via the post.

To receive Carbon Literacy certification, there is an Evidence Form to complete and return. For the IEMA course, there is a multiple-choice exam. Your exam link will be sent shortly before the start of your exam window. Details of your exam window will be confirmed when you are sent your course materials.

If you are no longer able to make a session, recordings of the session and course material will be sent to you digitally. We strongly recommend attendance to all sessions to gain the most from the training, and be in the best position for the final tasks/ examinations.

Want to find out more? Register your interest

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the course over the phone, please give us a call on 01572 723419 (Change Agents UK) or 01733 568408 (PECT).

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