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The Academy

ReLondon’s training academy is helping local authorities leverage the economic, social and environmental benefits of the circular economy to deliver on local priorities. Our package of training activities is designed to empower local authorities to thread the circular economy through everything they do – at all levels, across all departments, and in an integrated way across policy, programmes and services. Equipped with the right information, skills and tools, local authorities are uniquely positioned to create the right conditions for the circular economy to thrive.

It was a great workshop – the best interactive online workshop I’ve attended actually.

Conor Cusack, Inclusive Economy Team Leader, London Borough of Islington

Not a local authority? Get in touch to discuss your organisation’s training needs.

About the academy

  • What is it? A 60-minute webinar offering an introduction to the circular economy, its benefits, and how it can help deliver on core local authority priorities
  • Who is it for? CEOs, Members, Leaders and Directors from across all of the UK’s local authorities
  • What are the benefits? Hear from experts on how the circular economy could benefit your local authority and network with other local authority leaders who are already applying the circular economy to deliver on core priorities.
  • What is it? A half day interactive workshop to identify opportunities to apply the circular economy to your existing local authority policies, programmes and projects
  • Who is it for? Assistant Directors, project managers and policy/ programme officers right across the business from ONE local authority. Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 20 attendees per workshop
  • What are the benefits? Engage multi-disciplinary teams across directorates to identify and prioritise high-impact circular economy interventions and develop an action plan for implementation
  • What’s included in the practical workshop? Participants will be introduced to the circular economy and its benefits and will learn how to apply it to everyday business activities in a practical way. You will brainstorm how your local authority is already applying circular economy business models, before identifying and prioritising new circular economy actions tailored to deliver on local priorities. ReLondon experts will work with you to identify the first steps to implement the prioritised actions. Participants will leave the workshop with a list of actionable circular economy projects and interventions, which support the development of your existing priorities, action plans and policy initiatives.
  • Your trainers: Doug Simpson and Rachel Shairp, ReLondon
  • Next available dates: Register your borough’s interest and we will get in touch to confirm the next workshop dates.

  • What is it? A full day or two half day interactive workshop focused on applying circular economy approaches to procurement, facilities management and other high spend categories
  • Who is it for? Heads of procurement, procurement practitioners, and high spend category contract managers including facilities and asset management, capital projects, digital, housing, social services, and regeneration
  • What are the benefits? Deepen your understanding of how to apply the circular economy to specific procurement activities, projects and processes; develop a clear action plan to apply the learnings; and network with officers from other departments and local authorities
  • What’s included in the procurement module? Participants will learn how circular approaches relate to sustainable procurement practice and will work to develop an internal business case for long term change in practice. ReLondon experts will support participants to identify and prioritise circular procurement actions and pilots, through a spend and procurement policy review. Participants will also be introduced to the key principles of circular procurement and will leave the workshop with a clear action plan for applying these principles across the procurement process – from planning and tendering, to monitoring and reporting.
  • Your trainer: Dr Mervyn Jones, circular economy and circular procurement specialist.
  • Next workshop: Register your place and we will get in touch to confirm the next workshop dates.
  • One day in-person workshops are available for borough registrations. Email us to register your interest and we will get in touch.

For now, the training sessions will be delivered virtually using Zoom and Miro (an online whiteboard). The training sessions will be led by circular economy specialists from ReLondon, with contributions from external experts, practitioners, and training professionals.

We will be developing other modules for roll out in 2022 – please complete this short webform to tell us which other module topics would be of interest to you

  • CE101 webinar: Free
  • Practical workshop: £4,000 (for maximum 20 people)
  • Procurement and facilities management module: £400 per person

Watch the highlights from our Circular economy 101 session (7 December 2021)

The full session is available here.

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