Businesses across the Glasgow City Region are being asked to help young people develop the skills needed for future business needs and sustainable roles which will help tackle the climate crisis.
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow, West and Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire are looking for at least 100 industry partners who have experience working in roles supporting the new green economy. They can become ‘climate heroes’ by showcasing the skills required for the next generation to enter the jobs of the future through real-life examples.
The call is cross-sectoral, and people from across a variety of businesses are encouraged to come together and shape the curriculum, demonstrating that every industry has a role to play in realising Scotland’s climate and net zero targets.
The initiative is part of ‘My Climate Path’, led by DYW Glasgow and part of the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, supporting 16–24-year-olds with the skills they need for the jobs of the future.
Each climate hero will be allocated a school in the Glasgow region for 12 months based on individual skillsets, and will be supported by a DYW coordinator and the wider network to develop a plan for working with young people. This might include careers advice, hosting workshops, offering industry tours, attending careers fairs, and giving real-life examples to enhance the school curriculum.
The climate heroes will also be asked to offer meaningful work experience in a role that impacts sustainability such as sustainability coordinator, allowing young people to take one step closer to entering the world of work and making a difference towards addressing the climate emergency.
Alison McRae, senior director at Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, which hosts DYW Glasgow, said: “Climate heroes is a fantastic opportunity for business leaders from all sectors of the economy who have been making demonstrable progress within their business towards the climate challenge to get directly into schools, ensuring that our young people have the right skills needed to get into the emerging circular and green jobs of the future, as well as helping to influence the curriculum.
“We’re launching the climate heroes initiative across the eight council areas in the Glasgow city region as part of a wider educational legacy project for Cop26. This will allow our young people to benefit from business expertise and develop the skills which that industry needs so they too can take a hands on role, and make their own contribution towards tackling the climate emergency.
“Climate heroes is going to be so important to support our young people whose career prospects have been hit hard by the pandemic. The initiative will enable young people to get back on their feet, gain valuable first-hand work experience and understand the benefits of, and opportunities for, working within businesses who are leading the way to help make a better future for all.”