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Low Carbon Skills: Journey to Net Zero

Low Carbon Skills: Journey to Net Zero is a fully-funded programme, for businesses of any size or sector which are based in Greater Manchester.
In-person, online or hybrid delivery

The Low Carbon Skills: Journey to Net Zero programme is an accredited level 3 course and attendees will become fully certified by successfully completing a virtual assessment. This course is also CPD certified by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment).

Via group workshops, study material and one-to-one advice, environmental specialists will guide you through what net zero means for your business and how to prioritise action. With expert support, you’ll build a strategic plan to cut your carbon footprint, reduce costs, minimise risk and capitalise on the many opportunities awaiting you in the net zero world.

Learn from environmental specialists

GC Business Growth Hub’s team of environmental business advisors collectively have over 150 years’ experience in supporting SMEs to become cleaner, greener and more profitable businesses.

Build a strategy from start to finish

Through workshops, study material, one-to-one advice and shared learning, you will equip yourself with the knowledge and tools you need to:

  • Understand your priorities
  • Implement cost and carbon-cutting actions
  • Use data to make decisions
  • Build the business case for investments
  • Engage your staff and suppliers
  • Build your reputation as a green business
  • Commit to a long-term strategy

This training is funded by Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of its three-year Skills for Growth programme, which has been made possible through the European Social Fund.

When does the course start?

Please get in touch by registering your interest, once your form has been reviewed a member of our Recruitment team will be in touch.




Put net zero into context, identify your key impacts and priorities and use carbon footprinting

to inform your decisions.

Workshop 1: Climate Change, the Global Response and You

  • Net zero and how it relates to climate change
  • Global, national, and regional targets and you
  • Risks of doing nothing benefits of action

Workshop 2: Gaining Insight with Carbon Footprinting

  • How to calculate your footprint
  • Using footprints to make decisions
  • Methods and pitfalls of carbon offsetting



Learn how to audit your premises, implement improvements and develop a net zero culture in the workplace.

Workshop 3: Improving Performance through Resource Efficiency and Transport Opportunities

  • How to reduce energy, materials and waste
  • Implementing quick wins for savings
  • Future-proofing your fleet and travel

Workshop 4: Developing an Engaged and Supportive Workforce

  • Embedding a net zero culture
  • How to incentivise action
  • Sharing ownership and progress


Discover how to integrate sustainability into procurement, influence your suppliers and leverage your credentials to win new business.

Workshop 5: Understanding your Impacts and Writing a Winning Environmental Policy

  • Identify your environmental impacts
  • Why you need an effective policy
  • What your policy should cover

Workshop 6: Managing Risk in your Supply Chain

  • How suppliers impact emissions and resilience
  • Embedding net zero into your relationships
  • Effective methods of engagement


Set targets in line with climate science, establish a plan for continual improvement and understand how to monitor progress.

Workshop 7: Executing your Strategy Successfully

  • Setting and prioritising your targets
  • Short-to-long-term action planning
  • Build your green credentials & avoid greenwashing


Optional one-to-one support from advisors following completion


You do not need any prior knowledge or experience for this fully funded short course however, applicants must be aged 16+ and be a resident of Greater Manchester OR working for a business based in Greater Manchester.


Get in touch to start your Net Zero journey...

T. 0161 359 3050