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‘Saving the World’ top of agenda for sustainability visit 

‘Saving the World’ top of agenda for sustainability visit 

A representative from the Department for Education visited Burnley College to observe a pioneering sustainability workshop. 

Local business leaders and Burnley College students collaborated and shared their ideas at the interactive session delivered at the College’s £100m town centre Campus, observed by Edwina Donelan, who specialises in skills development at the Department for Education.  

The ground-breaking impact mapping session focussed on the issues that companies may face in their race to cut carbon emissions and helped them create personalised key goals to positively impact their footprint, preserving our planet for future generations. 

The session was also attended by representatives from The Lancashire Colleges and the Education Skills Funding Agency who are supporting the College’s work on sustainability with small and medium-sized enterprises through the Government’s Strategic Development Fund. Businesses including Burnley Borough Council, PM&M and IPRS Health joined forces with passionate Burnley College students to build their own action plans to help them reach net zero. 

Paul Sharples, Burnley College’s Business Solutions Manager, said the session was extremely successful in providing the tools needed to take action:


“We were proud to welcome our special guests to see how we bring sustainability to life here at Burnley College and help to futureproof businesses.  

“With the support of the Strategic Development Fund, we are leading the way in helping businesses set goals to reduce their carbon footprint, discover more about the very latest green technologies and monitor the impact they are having on the environment. 

“Our students enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the impact businesses can have on the environment. They were keen to explore the role sustainability plays in business – now and in future – and share their ideas.” 

Paul Sharples

Business Solutions Manager, Burnley College

Burnley College’s work under the SDF scheme is one of a raft of sustainability initiatives led by The Lancashire Colleges. Burnley College’s lead role in this pioneering project is supported by Blackburn College, Lancaster and Morecambe College and West Lancashire College. 

Are you passionate about sustainability and want to study at a College which is committed to playing its part in saving the planet for future generations? Burnley College offers a range of courses to suit you – A Levels, Vocational courses, T Levels and Themis Apprenticeships. Visit burnley.ac.uk for more information and apply now to start in September. 

As a business leader, you can access free sustainability training delivered by experts in their chosen field. To find out more about training packages tailored to your individual business needs, contact Paul Sharples on 01282 733275 or at [email protected] 


Jude Pearson

Former pupil at St John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School