The UK has ambitious net zero targets for 2030, yet business leaders are concerned at the gaps in the emerging talent and innovation.

This is shared by educators who aren't confident on how they can translate Gen Z's passion for sustainability into green careers to help save the planet.

Sustainability is becoming an increasing priority for all businesses, and innovation is key to achieving this. We host student and educator events focused on bringing green careers to the forefront for young people to address the groundswell of future prospects for young people in the UK emerging from education at a time of environmental crisis and economic upheaval.

A report by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (February 2021) revealed that only 7% of UK engineering companies with a sustainability strategy felt they had the skills to achieve it. We must not let a  lack of skills hinder climate change.

Our 'Sustainable Futures' programme, in collaboration with WWF and Villiers Park Educational Trust and supported by Evolution Education Trust, aims to accelerate opportunities for young people and make sustainable careers an attractive place for them to focus their futures. It will raise awareness of sustainable careers and their importance to the future or our planet, across society. The programme invites role models to share how sustainability is addressed in organisations, and to educate and inspire young people to consider how they can contribute to a carbon neutral society within their careers choice. 

If you would like to be a digital careers role model, register as a volunteer on our platform and select the Sustainable Futures encounter type. If your organisation is interested in becoming a Sustainability pillar sponsor, please contact Melanie on [email protected] for more information.