John Lewis and Waitrose among employers inspiring young people with green careers – Retail Times
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 globally by 2030, the Growing Talent Green virtual festival was a timely intervention to help challenge stereotypes surrounding ‘green jobs’ and demonstrate the diversity of exciting career paths in sectors ranging from retail to transportation and professional services.
Taking place from June 27, 2022 to July 1, 2022, the summer festival took place online and was part of the larger Growing Talent Green program offered by Future Partnership and funded by the John Lewis Partnership Community Investment Fund.
Employer-led activities included interactive workshops, guest speeches and panels. Employers involved included John Lewis; St Modwen Houses; West Coast of Avanti; Pinsent Masons; northern power grid; Tyler Barn; Horiba Mira; Waitrose; DEFRA; and Buro Happold.
Stephanie Burras CBE, Chief Executive of Ahead Partnership, said: “We know that young people are highly aware of environmental issues and have the motivation and enthusiasm to succeed in green jobs, but the landscape is changing rapidly in this area. . Through activities such as our Growing Talent Green festival, we help ensure that students have correct and up-to-date information on the green economy, workplace and skills requirements to inform their future career choice.
“In turn, our Growing Talent Green activities are a really practical way for involved employers to act on the ‘E’s and ‘S’s in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), inspiring the future of hand -working green while engaging with young people in the local community.
Lydia Butler, Sustainability and Ethics Specialist at John Lewis Partnership, also said: “We are delighted to partner with Ahead Partnership for this event. As a company, our goal is to educate young people about industries they might not have considered. This platform offers the perfect opportunity to support young people to find meaningful employment in the future for a happy life.
Pupils from 16 secondary schools from Aberdeen to Ashford in Kent took part in the activity as part of the festival, and as a result 94% of young people involved said they had a better understanding of the green economy following the initiative. Also improving students’ knowledge of how they can get involved in the industry, 93.9% of those involved said the activity improved their understanding of skills, qualifications and pathways to employment. green economy.
The recent festival is part of the wider Growing Talent Green program which will involve schools and colleges across Aberdeen; Birmingham; Peterborough; Tunbridge Wells; Chester; York; Sheffield; Ashford; and Basingstoke. Over the next 12 months, local and national employers will help design and deliver in-person and virtual activities, including career panels; fast networking; Meet employer events; employer profile videos; and parent/caregiver events.
To learn more about Growing Talent Green, please visit Ahead Partnership website.