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Sustainable Careers & Skills

Project brief – thinking further

A partnership project with Solihull MBC and Solihull College & University Centre to help students interested in careers in sustainability. The project was led by the Sustainability Officers and involved students, local businesses, universities and other organisations.

This library of resources has been produced and made accessible for students to learn more about sustainability careers. In addition to the online resources a series of online events were hosted to launch the resources.

The project ideas were developed from the EAUC sustainability careers guide 2019

A wide variety of resources collated by Sarah Lardner can also be found in this Google Doc

(These are very useful resources to refer to)

Who are the resources aimed at?

  • Students in higher education (16-25 year olds – secondary school/sixth form students).
  • Students that are making course/career choices
  • Careers leaders, staff interested in sustainability and climate change

The main aims are to;

  • Provide help to students to make informed career and study choices.
  • Increase student awareness of careers in sustainability
  • Create and promote relevant careers information and career materials for students in local schools and university / college settings.

(1) Careers in sustainability

Video job profiles

Examples of ‘sustainability jobs’ for students that are interested in working in the sustainability area but aren’t sure in what role or organisation. They show jobs where sustainability is a main responsibility and focus on a variety of career paths where sustainability is more immediately obvious.

 

Sustainability at Solihull Council

Public sector job roles – council job examples

Greener Solihull, including Climate Change Prospectus
https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Planning-and-building-control/Greener-Solihull

 

Careers support in Solihull

Life Ready Programme details …….

 

Green Jobs Gap / Low Carbon Future

 

Interesting documents from a variety of organisations

 

(2) Degrees, education and courses

This resource is about University and colleges courses that include sustainability.

Recorded interviews with course leaders …….

Recordings of students sharing experiences of their courses …….

Other interesting documents….

How are universities integrating climate change awareness into teaching? by Hollie Ryan, Isadora Ferreira and Kate Raworth, November 2018 (PDF)

 

(3) Skills, volunteering and extra curricular

This resources is about extra-curricular activities, including volunteering opportunities that can help with gaining further skills in sustainability

Benefits of joining ‘green groups’ in college / university

InterClimate Network

ICN Climate Action Survey resource pack
InterClimate Network

https://interclimate.org/get-involved/

https://interclimate.org/events/solihull-virtual-sustainable-schools-summit/

Youth Parliament

Make Your Mark
https://www.byc.org.uk/uk/uk-youth-parliament/make-your-mark

Solihull MBC -Member of Youth Parliament election campaign
Recruitment poster
Solihull Youth Council poster
Solihull – MYM spotlight 2020

Volunteering opportunities

 

Other interesting documents / web links

EAUC – The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education documents

Climate Action Toolkit
https://www.eauc.org.uk/climate_action_toolkit

Climate Action Road Map
https://www.eauc.org.uk/fe_roadmap

Future Graduate Skills Study:
https://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/future_graduate_skills_a_scoping_study1

SOS Research Reports – Education and employment
https://sustainability.nus.org.uk/our-research/our-research-reports/education-and-employment

SOS Sustainability skills survey
https://sustainability.nus.org.uk/our-research/our-research-reports/education-and-employment/sustainability-skills

HEPI – Higher Education Policy Institute Report:
Beyond business as usual: Higher education in the era of climate change.
Available here:
https://www.hepi.ac.uk/2020/12/10/new-report-urges-universities-to-have-zero-carbon-emissions-by-2035-and-to-rethink-knowledge-and-teaching-practices-for-the-era-of-climate-change/