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Doncaster Chamber of Commerce first to gain Investment in Young People (IiYP) Accreditation



As a part of supporting the nation’s employability skills of its young people, in preparation for entering into employment, Young Chamber UK is pleased to announce that Doncaster Chamber of Commerce has become the first Chamber in the country to be granted Investment in Young People accreditation.

The process involved completing an online self-assessment which was followed up by a face to face visit to confirm all of the excellent work that Doncaster Chamber has been doing in support of preparing young people for employment.
Dan Fell, Chief Executive of Doncaster Chamber said: “This process not only helps to celebrate the great work that Doncaster Chamber staff have been doing in supporting this important agenda but also highlights how imperative it is for all businesses to get involved in activities that help ‘bridge the gap’ between business and education.
Helping young people become work ready is an issue close to the hearts of Chambers up and down the country; indeed, developing our future workforce is absolutely critical to our local and national economic prosperity.
The Investment in Young People (IiYP) accreditation demonstrates that we are very much committed to ‘walking it like we talk it’ when it comes to the issue of supporting young people into the world of work.  As a Chamber we endeavour to be progressive in all that we do and, as such, I am delighted that we are the first Chamber of Commerce in the UK to achieve this accreditation.”
Neville Reyner CBE, Chairman of Young Chamber (Investment in Young People) said:“This award has been developed to recognise all the voluntary work that an incredibly wide range of businesses across the country provide to help young people develop the skills that employers are looking for. Investment in Young People has come out of the work that we have done through the Young Chamber initiative where we recognised that there was a lot of support from local business but no formal recognition for business.
The Investment in Young People mark has been developed over a number of years to acknowledge this important contribution from Business and to encourage them to stay involved”.
Having now achieved the IiYP accreditation Doncaster Chamber will be working with its local business community to support other businesses gain the IiYP Award in recognition of their work supporting young people’s transition from education into the world of work. Interested businesses should contact the Chamber for further information.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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