Effective utility management requires staff to be well informed and equipped with the relevant tools, methodologies and training to continue to address water and energy management on-site.

The National Lean Water and Energy Skillnet was set up to address the growing need for up-skilling and professional development of personnel employed in the areas of environmental, water and energy management.
Lean approaches and tools offer a powerful and proven means to drive energy, water and resource efficiency initiatives, delivering cost-savings in the short term while helping organisations achieve longer term sustainability targets and international standards. Furthermore, utility management has unique challenges and needs a dedicated approach to harness the potential that Lean offers in this area.

The training network builds on the work of the EPA funded Lean water Community of Practice. This Community of Practice allows companies to share knowledge and best practices around topical issues of water management and related energy management. These companies have identified water and the broader utility management as a key strategic area to be addressed in response to the key drivers of Sustainability, Competitiveness, Leadership & Reputation and the Changing Tariffs & Compliance requirements.

The network identified a range of training needs and the now offers training in a variety of topics such as:

  • Lean Utilities
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Stewardship
  • HVAC Operations Optimisation
  • Mapping Water at Industrial Facilities
  • Open Access Gateways for Energy and Water Monitoring
  • Financing Water Projects

The courses range from short courses on introductory topics such as Water & Energy Toolbox Talks for Staff right through to our flagship five month Lean Utilities Programme, which builds credits towards a Lean black belt for participants. The Programme provides accredited Lean training combined with project delivery in instructor-led, classroom-based sessions as well as mentoring sessions. The programme structure is ideal for organisations with multiple projects to implement in water and energy.

The Skillnet is the leading skills and training network for lean utilities management in the country, assisting both national and multinational firms compete through excellence in sustainable water and energy management. Eligible companies can participate in courses at a subsidised rate.