REA EU Biogas Training Programme expanded with New Opportunities

With nine placements already in train, REA opens up round 2

The Renewable Energy Association is calling for applications to the second round of its EU-funded biogas work experience scheme: ‘Advanced Biogas Learning in Europe’ (ABLE).

The scheme, funded by the EU Leonardo programme and run in partnership with the German Biogas and Bioenergy Society (GERBIO), offers successful candidates the opportunity to gain experience working in Germany at a biogas plant, laboratory or factory. It is principally aimed at young people looking to develop a ‘hands on’ career in the green economy.

The first round of applications has proved very successful, with four candidates due to travel out to Germany in April, and a further five going out in June. The second round of applications, open now, closes on 21st March with successful candidates notified by 18th April and travelling out to Germany in the summer. Successful candidates will gain a “Europass” – a language and skills CV recognised across the EU.

Following a partnership agreed with the European Biogas Association at the Leipzig Biogas Conference in February, REA Head of Biogas David Collins and GERBIO partner Michael Kottner were successful in adding a further seven companies to the list of opportunities, bringing the total to 15. The range of opportunities now includes working agricultural biogas plants, equipment and plant manufacturers, CHP servicing, consulting companies and water treatment companies.

Once candidates have been accepted by the Leonardo Panel, they will be briefed in London by Michael Kottner on health and safety, biogas technology and language and culture in Germany.

REA Head of Biogas David Collins comments:

“We are very happy to be opening the scheme to new applicants and equally with the progress made to date. Germany is the European leader on AD, as well as many other renewable technologies. We have a long way to go to catch up, but budding biogas professionals of the future will be learning from the best on the REA’s ABLE programme.”

The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and renewable gas. In 2012, the REA integrated the Association for Organics Recycling as the Organics Recycling Group of the REA, increasing our membership to over 1,000 and cementing our position as the largest renewables trade association in the UK. For more information, see:

REA Biogas has been the voice of the biogas industry in the UK since 2004. There are currently over 130 members, many of whom of regularly attend the meetings in London. These meetings offer an ideal opportunity to network, and to take part in influencing the major issues affecting the nascent UK biogas industry. For more information, see

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