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Green Futures Fund

What is the Green Futures Fund?

The Green Futures Fund (GFF) will test innovative approaches to delivery of school careers activity and curriculum that align with the regional 'green' skills agenda. The funding will surface the very best approaches and practice to ensure young people are able to access future opportunities in ‘green’ jobs.

This new £45k programme is a key part of the West of England Combined Authority’s Climate Emergency Action Plan and follows on from recommendations made in the West of England Combined Authority Green Skills Reports.

The fund also aligns with the government’s draft Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy for Education which aims that the UK becomes the “world-leading education sector in sustainability and climate change by 2030”.

Here is a summary of the Green Skills Report.

Green Futures Fund

What are we aiming to achieve?

Through this funding we will identify and evaluate the most effective and impactful ways that schools can deliver careers programmes and curriculum design that:

  1. Enable students to connect their learning and skills to future opportunities in ‘green’ jobs.
  2. Motivate and inspire students to enter ‘green’ jobs and careers.
  3. Ensure students have the information they need to access pathways into ‘green’ jobs. For example, understanding which higher education courses are available, such as the new Institute of Technology, Apprenticeship opportunities and T-Levels.

Green Skills Careers Activity Providers

Click the provider names below to view the courses and programmes which providers are delivering regionally and nationally.

If you are a Careers activity provider and you have an offer that you would like to be included, please contact sherie.humphreys@westofengland-ca.gov.uk.

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Regional Providers

Check here for available green skills career courses delivered regionally.

Contact: Polly Barnes
Email: polly@myfuturemychoice.co.uk
Website: http://myfuturemychoice.co.uk/
Regions: Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire
Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & SEND
Current offer(s):

  • Sustain My Future - Lab - KS3 (Year 9) Business Mentors for teams of students to pitch ideas basesdon UN Sustainability Goals.
  • Engineering Heroes - KS4/5 Collaborative Board Game to explore how engineering businesses operate and can address sustainability goals.
  • Catch the Train to My Future -KS2/3/4 Travel initiative for site visits to city centre and/or Port Company using rail and ferry boat to access workshops.

Further information: Interested in collaborating to develop bespoke offers.

Contact: Sue Lewis
Email: sl200@bath.ac.uk
Website: https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/
Regions: Bristol, North Somerset, Bath & NE Somerset & South Gloucestershire
Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & SEND
Current offer(s):

  • Green jobs posters with 20 minute activities focusing on some of the jobs in detail.
  • New Values starting point connecting values students are passionate about to future courses and careers.

Further information: Interested in developing current offer.

Contact: Laura Fogg-Rogers
Website: https://digitaltrailblazers.co.uk/resources
Regions: Bristol, North Somerset, Bath & NE Somerset & South Gloucestershire
Suitable for: KS2-KS5 & SEND
Current offer(s):

  • Digital Trailblazers programmes include, Engineering Curiosity, We Make our Future, The West in Minecraft, Sustainability Solutions, We Count Traffic

Further information: Activities available in schools or within the UWE Outreach classroom

Contact: Alistair Brown
Website: www.futurequest.org.uk
Regions: Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire
Suitable for: KS3 & KS5
Current offer(s):

  • 3 bespoke workshops on natural resources, allowing students to explore topics linked to the green skills agenda and gain knowledge and skills to progress into a green career.

National Providers

Check here for available green skills career courses delivered nationally.

Contact: Karen Woodward
Email: kwoodward@engineeringuk.com
Website: https://www.engineeringuk.com/
Regions: National
Suitable for: Details to follow
Current offer(s):

Contact: Tina Harrigan-James
Website: https://www.careerscollective.org/
Regions: National
Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & SEND
Current offer(s):

  • Developing a new virtual workshop called Imagining the Future, including content on the green economy, Government green taskforce, green jobs and sectors.

Further information: Interested in developing current offer.

Contact: Alex Edwards
Website: https://mangorol.la/
Regions: National
Suitable for: Range of abilities
Current offer(s):

  • I'm a Scientist: an online, student-led STEM enrichment activities, including sustainability.

Contact: Chris McNamara
Website: https://pathwayctm.com/
Regions: National
Suitable for: KS3, KS4 & KS5
Current offer(s):

Website: https://ciwmjobs.co.uk/
Regions: National
Suitable for:KS3, KS4 & KS5
Current offer(s):

  • Green Careers Toolkit – Resources including lesson ideas for green skills, specifically careers in waste management. Career profiles of 6 employees with associated lesson tasks for Science, Business Studies, English, PSHE & Geography.

Website: https://www.solgrid.org.uk
Regions: National
Suitable for: KS5 & Teachers/Careers Professionals
Current offer(s):

  • Includes webinars/video’s on roles in sustainability as well as lots of information about finding jobs in sustainability.

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