Acorn Environmental Solutions

David Smith – Training Consultant

We aim to be a recognised industry leader in the provision of high quality environmental training to local authorities, housing associations, cleaning, waste and facility management companies.

We seek to provide this at no cost (free) to our partners wherever possible through identifying existing funding streams.  We want to work with organisations who wish to upskill and recognise their employees through providing accredited qualifications.

David Smith – Managing Director


Covid 19 has had a huge impact on many individuals and organisations and here at Acorn Environmental Solutions we are no different. We have had to adapt and provide quality environmental training experiences that are different to our normal classroom one week accredited training programmes due to social distancing. We hope our normal service can resume in September but up to that point we are offering our customers a choice of 40 online government accredited courses at no cost to them, for more information please click on the ‘Online Courses’ section of the website

Services we offer

Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

For the last six years we have worked closely with local authorities, the private sector and charities to support people into employment both by direct recruitment and upskilling people wanting to progress into front line environmental vacancies. These jobs include refuse collection, street sweeping, grounds maintenance staff, school caretakers and office cleaning, we do this in a number of ways but all of our support and training is free of charge to our customers and clients which creates a truly unique recruitment model. There is no training fee, no recruitment fee, no management fee, simply NO Fee!


We specialise in finding the correct type and level of apprenticeship for your workforce.  An apprenticeship is for all ages not just for young people, in fact, anyone who wants to learn and develop their skills.  It is particularly good for people who want to earn while they learn in the work environment.  There are many types of apprenticeships (look at the National Apprenticeship Service website) ranging from basic qualifications up to degree level.

The most popular apprenticeships we train people on are

  • Large Goods Vehicle ( Level 2) – This apprenticeship starts at the basic Level 2 standard and is suitable for people who have a full UK manual car driving licence but wants to upgrade to drive anything from refuse vehicles to street sweeping machines and gully machines. It is delivered over 13 months and can be funded by the Apprenticeship Levy fully for larger organisations and with only a 5% contribution for SME’s.
  • Waste Resource Operative Apprenticeship ( Level 2) – This is a new apprenticeship ( developed by WAMITAB) and is proving popular if you want to offer training to your refuse collection , recycling and street cleansing operatives. It can be delivered over 13 months and once again can be funded 100% through your Apprenticeship Levy for large organisations. A 5% contribution is required from SME’s
  • Other Apprenticeships that are widely used are Team Leading apprenticeship for Supervisors and Managers, Business admin for white collar staff at the depots and Customer services apprenticeship for a wide range of staff.

There are many apprenticeship standards available for further information just contact us today on 07976756483 or fill in the contact form details.


This qualification often recognises people for the skills they have, it rewards people who can do the job but have never had the chance to achieve a qualification.  Generally funding is available for SME’s (companies with under 250 employees) without a financial contribution.  Other funding can often be secured for organisations between 250-1,000 and even greater than 1,000 employees.  If you tell us the size and location of your company, we can advise on the funding available for training.

Seasonal Staff

Most land managers have a need for additional staff at certain times of the year, for example

  • green waste
  • Christmas collections
  • grass cutting and bedding out
  • leafing

If you want us to run a thorough recruitment and selection process at no cost, with YOU selecting the final candidates at interview then contact us.  If you employ people aged 18 – 24 on minimum wage, who have been unemployed for over 13 weeks, you may be entitled to a wage incentive of over £1,000 per person.  This stops you paying expensive agency fees.

Front line environmental staff recruitment

Fed up paying expensive Agency fees, would you welcome a free recruitment service, where people are trained first. Contact us by phone or through our website.

We are skilled at providing staff to a variety of front line industries from warehousing and storage, leisure parks, front line environmental staff, office cleaners etc. However we must be providing a minimum of three staff in the locality even if the employees will be based at different local depots. All potential staff will complete a relevant one week accredited training programme and in return we will pay for their certificates and they are guaranteed an interview with the employer. If candidates do not complete the one week training programme they will not receive an interview.

Workforce Development

Many employees are eligible for some training funding but it is often difficult to find what, where and how much funding is available. The amount of funding can vary substantially from one year to the next, the area where somebody lives, the age of  the learner and the qualifications they already possess.If you want to know what funding your employees are eligible for just contact us on the website!

Find the Funding

Many organisations want their staff to be trained but in the present economic climate they do not have the funding or the resources to do this. Rather than spending your valuable time and resources seeking funding simply ask us to identify relevant funding streams. This will assist you to support your workforce develop their skills and ensure they are more valuable within the business.

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Company Information

Registered Company: 8734194

Telephone: 07976 756483

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