A programme that aims to inspire and motivate young people in the West of England to pursue green career pathways.
Developed in collaboration with UWE Bristol’s Science Communication Unit, Cabot Learning Federation, Avon Schools Eco Network and STEM Ambassadors West of England, the programme was developed as part of the initiative for the Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI) Inspire programme.
Inspire Sustainability will expand the region’s existing hub of sustainability skills education and training to highlight the region’s leading green skills and expertise in the labour market. Working in partnership, the consortium will deliver three areas of work to three pilot schools; Hans Price Academy in North Somerset, Bristol Brunel Academy in Bristol, and Digitech in South Gloucestershire.
The project includes:
- All-school engagement: tailored lessons, talks and careers events with diverse role models, culminating in a whole-school Sustainability Summit
- Eco Council engagement: Eco Action Plan co-development to support the schools achieve Eco School status
- Teacher engagement: training so that teachers have the confidence to engage young people on these topics and support them to imagine a future where they can see themselves playing an active role in shaping development.
Once piloted, the outcomes will be shared widely to primary and secondary schools as well as to educational professionals and academics through the consortium’s networks.
The Inspire Sustainability approach builds on tried and tested methods explored in DETI Inspire, which has engaged over 7,000 children and young people in the West of England on engineering for sustainability.