John Lewis, Waitrose and Avanti West Coast are among the list of forward-thinking employers taking part in a national festival designed to engage young people with exciting green career opportunities.
With estimates that a shift to a greener economy could create 24 million jobs worldwide by 2030, the virtual Growing Talent Green festival was a timely intervention to help challenge stereotypes surrounding ‘green jobs’ and demonstrate the diversity of exciting career pathways in sectors from retail to transport and professional services.
Taking place from 27 June 2022 until 1 July 2022, the summer festival took place online and formed part of the wider Growing Talent Green programme being delivered by Ahead Partnership and funded by the John Lewis Partnership Community Investment Fund.
Employer-led activities that took place included interactive workshops, guest speeches and panels. Employers involved included John Lewis; St Modwen Homes; Avanti West Coast; Pinsent Masons; Northern Powergrid; Tyler Grange; Horiba Mira; Waitrose; DEFRA; and Buro Happold.
Stephanie Burras CBE, chief executive of Ahead Partnership, said:
“We know that young people are very switched-on to environmental issues and have the drive and enthusiasm needed to succeed in green jobs, however the landscape is evolving quickly in this area. Through activities like our Growing Talent Green festival, we’re helping to ensure that students are equipped with correct, up-to-date information about the green economy, workplace and skills demands to inform their future career choices.
“In turn, our Growing Talent Green activities are a really practical way for the employers involved to act upon the ‘E’ and ‘S’ in ESG (environmental, social and governance), inspiring the future of the green workforce while also engaging with young people in the local community.”