Climate Learning


“Green Skills” Training

Fully-funded, accredited courses to help you decarbonise your workplace – or to help you to change to a “green” career – are available to working people in Wales through the Green PLA scheme including:

Green PLA courses are available to everyone who works in Wales, with no salary cap. Other PLA courses have different eligibility criteria including salary caps.

See the further education providers’ websites for full lists of Green PLA courses, locations and start dates. Many are delivered online so you may not need to be local to the college provider to attend:

Cardiff & the Vale College

Bridgend College

Coleg Cambria

Coleg Gwent 

Coleg Sir Gâr

Coleg Y Cymoedd

Gower College, Swansea

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Y Coleg Merthyr Tudfil

NPT College Group (no course list available, register to discuss needs) 

Pembrokeshire College


Wales is fortunate to be home to some of the world’s most progressive and forward thinking educational institutions, teaching the practical skills and theory we need to build a zero carbon, regenerative and sustainable society and economy.

Black Mountains College – Talgarth, Brecon

  • Undergraduate Degree – BA (Hons) Sustainable Futures: Arts, Ecology and Systems Change
  • FE – NVQs in Regenerative  Horticulture, Coppicing and Greenwood Trades, Nature Recovery
  • Short Courses

Centre for Alternative Technology – Machynlleth 

  • Post-graduate courses
  • Short Courses
  • Zero Carbon Britain CPD courses

Online Courses

Upcoming UNISON Cymru Wales Webinars

  • Climate & Just Transition Awareness (Knowledge and activism)
  • Understanding Climate Anxiety (Health & Wellbeing)
  • Disinformation, Misinformation & Climate Crisis (Digital Information Literacy…

…and more to come

Too Hot, Too Cold – TUC Education Online Course on workplace health and safety

Centre for Alternative Technology – Zero Carbon Britain courses for local authority and housing staff (fees apply which may be funded by our WULF Grant for Qualifications Learning Grant)

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare – Short Courses (fees apply which may be funded by our WULF Grant for Qualifications Learning Grant)

UN Climate Courses 

OpenLearn – Climate Change 

FutureLearn – Nature & Environment Courses 

TUC Green Skills Webinar 

UNISON Cymru Wales’ “Caring for our Climate” Webinars (2022)

Post Carbon Institute – “Think Resilience” free online course

TUC Webinar on Protecting Workers from Extreme Temperatures

Articles, Podcasts & Videos

Planet: Critical – Podcast

Naomi Klein – Care & Repair (Dissent Magazine)

Transforming care must be central to any bold vision of a greener future (The Guardian)

Demetrios MatheouDirty Energy: Solar Panels and Forced Labour (UNISON Magazine)

Who Cares Wins Podcast – Lilly Cole

Sustainababble Podcast

Reports & Research

UNISON/Leeds University – UNISON Members, Climate, the Green Economy & Just Transition (2022)

Oxfam – Caring in a changing climate: Centering care work in climate action (2022)

Towards a Feminist Green New Deal for the UK: A Paper for the WBG on a Gender-Equal Economy, Maeve Cohen & Sherilyn MacGregor (2020) 

The Century Foundation: Redefining Green Jobs for a Sustainable Economy 

Climate Change Committee – Local Authorities and the 6th Carbon Budget 

Welsh Doughnut (Oxfam Cymru 2020)

Inequality in a Future Wales: Areas for action in work, climate and demographic change” (Future Generations Commissioner 2021)

EPSU Going Public – Democratic Energy

Clean Dirty Energy – Sourcing solar energy without Uyghur forced labour (UNISON 2022)

Building Circularity into our Economies through Sustainable Procurement (UNEP 2018) 

Advancing the Circular Economy in Public Sector Organisations: Employees’ Perspectives on Practices (Klein et al, 2022) – Visualise Global Warming

Trade Union Resources 

UNISON – Green bargaining and negotiating in the workplace
the role of the environment rep

Green UNISON Campaign

Wales TUC Toolkit 

Event (videos): EUTUI: A Just Transition Beyond Growth (Dec 2022)

Welsh Public Service Strategies

Welsh Government’s Climate Emergency Declaration 

Welsh Local Authorities’ Climate Emergency Declarations 

NHS Wales Decarbonisation Strategy Delivery Plan (2021)

WLGA Decarbonisation Action Plans (currently being updated)

Decarbonising Social Care in Wales (2022) 

Beyond Recycling – Welsh Government Circular Economy Plan (2021)

CAPE Local Information on Climate Change (Including Local Authority Action Plans)

WRAP Circular Economy Resources for Local Authorities


International Trade Union Conference: Just Transition Centre 

Carbon Literacy Trust

Future Generations Commissioner (Wellbeing of Future Generations Act)

Ellen Macarthur Foundation (Circular economy)

Doughnut Economics Action Lab 

Wellbeing Economy Wales

Wales Net Zero Challenge Group


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