SECAD Sustainable Food Training Programme


The SECAD Sustainable Food Training Programme has been designed and developed by SECAD Partnership CLG in conjunction with delivery partners The Clean Technology Centre (MTU), SustHub and Change by Degrees. Developed with food producers in mind, this training programme seeks to assist Small, Medium and Artisan food producers in rural areas to understand and commit to more sustainable business practices. Having identified the following challenges faced by food and beverage producers in relation to sustainability: sustainable sourcing & supply chain practices, packaging, energy, water & waste, consumer education, carbon emissions, renewable energy and climate change, training modules will be offered to owner/operators and their key staff members to equip them to address these challenges. The programme will be run over SECAD’s two operational areas in South & West Cork.

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Pictured (L-R), Keelin Tobin, Environmental Researcher (CTC), James Hogan, Programme Manager (CTC) & Suzanne Kearney, Assistant CEO, SECAD

Why should your company take part?

Sustainability is no longer just a nice to have, but a must have in this competitive business landscape. Business leaders are now accountable for their financial, social, and environmental responsibilities and the legacy they wish to leave. In the light of the changing sustainability landscape, leaders need to weigh up all factors in creating a resilient, relevant and resonant business model.  We must be an employer of choice, an investment of choice, a neighbour of choice and a supplier of choice. It starts with education and awareness to cut through the ‘sustainability’ noise and create your action plan for impact. If not you then who will? If not now, then when? We cannot delay and we must shape the future now.

Join us and immerse your business leaders in the why, the what, the how, the when and the where of sustainability, climate, carbon, stakeholder engagement, resource efficiency, value generation, design thinking and the circular economy. Learn practical skills to apply immediately in your business to drive your sustainability performance.


Programme Overview

The programme will run from May 2021 – December 2021 (with a break for July and August). It aims to provide a practical, holistic framework for supporting participants to address sustainability challenges and identify opportunities specific to their individual businesses. The programme includes:

  • Participants will take part in 3 x half-day, live online workshops before the summer 2021.
  • Over the summer period, participants may avail of one-2-one on-site/virtual training with our expert trainers who will provide tailored support in developing your action plans.
  • A further 7 x half-day, live online workshops will be run after the summer break which will give participants more in-depth knowledge of sustainability issues relevant to the food sector and provide practical tools for completion and implementation of sustainability action plans.
  • Case Study site visits will be arranged for businesses considered to be pursuing best practice in the area of sustainability/resource efficiency (Covid restrictions permitting)
  • Networking opportunities with other businesses

The live, online workshops covered in the training programme include:

  1. Sustainability – The What and The How (to include green finance and green procurement)
  2. Our Food and Our Environment
  3. Resource Efficiency (managing energy, water and waste)
  4. Climate Change – Measure your Carbon Footprint
  5. Communication – Engaging the Marketplace – Understanding Consumer Behaviour and Sustainable Consumption
  6. Managing Food Waste
  7. Packaging, Storage, Transport & Distribution: Sustainable Supply Chain Design
  8. Building a Sustainability Culture – Engaging Employees & Suppliers
  9. Circular Economy Proposition Design
  10. Design Thinking, Innovation & Sustainability


Further details are contained here in the programme handbook.

Eligibility Criteria

Companies that wish to participate in this training programme must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be based within SECAD’s operational area of South or West Cork:


  • Be an established food business already trading
  • Be registered as a food producer or in the process of doing so
  • Commit to a representative attending the first three workshops at a minimum (N.B. it is strongly recommended that participants attend all ten workshops in order to maximize the support available in developing practical sustainability action plans)



For more information or to register please contact:
021 461 3432

To make an application, download the application form here.


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