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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES

Workshop Programme
We believe all young people should have access to sustainability learning – developing skills and building confidence for their future.

As we face the climate emergency, it is more urgent than ever that we act now to place sustainability at the heart of every young person's future. Young people must be equipped for success in this changing world; we cannot solve today's problems with the same thinking that caused them to be created.

 

Sustainable Futures is designed to help young people to understand sustainability in the context of the world today, develop skills for the future and build confidence as they make the transition from education into future-focused work.

We can provide a tailored Sustainable Futures programme for young people in Further Education, Higher Education and graduates.

 

to find out how we can work together.

Why is Sustainable Futures needed now?

For all young people today, sustainability will need to become an intrinsic part of their future jobs and careers. Access to the education and skills that will help them to prepare for this future is often limited and hampered by inequality, and colleges and universities are constrained by the demands of exams and curricula, with limited staff resources. We believe all young people should have access to sustainability learning – developing skills and building confidence for their future. Sustainable Futures addresses this need.

 

The Background to Sustainable Futures

We have been working with young people in the UK for 25 years to deliver skills development workshops and careers talks, facilitate jobs and paid work placements in meaningful, future-focused roles and to support youth-led sustainability initiatives. Working with fantastic partners including the EAUC (the Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education), we undertake skills research and develop new education and support programmes for the tertiary education sector.

In 2020, Change Agents UK and the EAUC undertook a research study examining Skills for the Future – taking perspectives from employers, educational institutions and young people who had recently made the transition from education into work. Using these three lenses, this study interrogated the skills gaps and explored what skills are needed – now, and for our future society. The outputs from this research, along with many years’ experience in this area, were distilled into the Sustainable Futures programme, and we have designed tailored versions for HE students both with and without prior sustainability knowledge. We have piloted this successfully in 2021, positively impacting hundreds of students so far.

 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Receiving the support and delivery on our sustainability journey with our students has been invaluable... Having the opportunity to work with Change Agents UK and the provision of their expertise has made a real difference to our staff and the students involved in the Sustainable Futures programme."

 

—  Director of Student Experience, UK FE college

Programme Menu

We have a variety of workshops on offer. You can choose one of our 3-session packages or ‘pick and mix’ to create your own programme – whatever best suits the needs of your learners. Unless otherwise stated, each session lasts 1.5–2 hours.

 

Sustainable Futures Foundation package

Session 1:

  • Sustainability Awareness – understanding and awareness of problems and solutions

Session 2:

  • Sustainable Careers – how to benefit social and environmental goals and the SDGs through your chosen sector/industry

  • Sustainability for Me – understanding your own core values as a key to meaningful and fulfilling work

Session 3:

  • Skills for the Future – understanding essential skills for sustainability and the 21st century workplace

  • Communicating your Unique Story – tips for successful job applications

 

Sustainable Futures Advanced package

Session 1:

  • Sustainability Awareness – understanding problems and practical solutions to sustainability issues

  • Sustainable Careers – exploring how sustainability solutions relate to your future career or sector 

Session 2:

  • Understanding Systems – diving deeper into root causes, systems change and narratives

  • Sustainability for Me – mapping your own core values to guide your search for unique, meaningful, fulfilling work

Session 3:

  • Career Planning – an introduction to creating an actionable plan to unlock your career aspirations

  • Skills for the Future – understanding essential skills for sustainability and the 21st century workplace

Sustainable Futures for Sustainability Jobseekers

Session 1:

  • Sustainability & Systems – exploring problems, causes and solutions, including systems change and narratives 

Session 2:

  • Sustainability for Me – mapping your own core values to guide your search for unique, meaningful, fulfilling work

  • Skills for the Future – understanding essential skills for sustainability and the 21st century workplace

Session 3:

  • Job Application Clinic – gain insight into the recruitment process and essential tips on CVs, job applications and interviews to help you secure a role in sustainability

 

Additional workshops:

Systems Thinking & Creativity – a highly interactive workshop developing and practising key skills for problem-solving and sustainability

 

Workplace Essentials – learning vital transferable skills in communication, presentation and networking

 

Project Management – an introduction to techniques and methodologies for managing projects and delivering change in a structured and effective way 

 

Career Planning & Core Values – using your core values as the foundation, creating a tangible plan to understand and unlock your career goals (1 hour)

 

Job Application Clinic – develop insight into writing an effective CV and job application, learn about the recruitment process and gain advice on how to succeed at interview, with time for group sharing and learning

 

Sustainable Futures Intensive

A 3-hour workshop based on our Foundations package. Topics covered:

  • introduction to sustainability, problems and solutions

  • how to bring sustainability into your chosen sector/career

  • skills for the future

 

Programme Content

All our workshops are interactive, accessible and engaging. We meet learners ‘where they are’, tailoring our work and delivery to suit the needs of each group.

Through our programmes, we help students to understand what sustainability means, what is happening in the world today and why social and environmental issues matter. We look at key concepts such as circular economies and introduce frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help participants to understand solutions-focused thinking. Where participants are more advanced, we challenge them to consider the deeper causes of unsustainability and learn about systemic change.

We are highly experienced at facilitating students’ explorations of sustainability in the workplace. Our workshops give participants a chance to discuss how they can make positive change through many different sectors and roles, and how to go about this. Through interactive tasks, we encourage them to delve into their core values to enable them to identify work opportunities which align with their own personal ethics.

We love to help participants explore the skills needed for a sustainable future, unpicking key qualities such as creativity and systems-thinking and engaging them in fun, stimulating exercises. Drawing on our Skills for the Future research, we discuss key skills for the workplace and enable participants to put them into practice.

An important part of this programme is to build confidence as well as to develop knowledge; we demystify process of moving from education into work by exploring how students can share their unique story and communicate their skills and experiences in job applications and interviews. Participants leave with insight into their own values, inspired to bring sustainability goals into their future careers, equipped with the skills to do so and armed with sound employment advice to help them secure a fulfilling role.

All students who complete a Sustainable Futures programme will be provided with a certificate of participation. This means they can put Sustainable Futures on their CVs and/or Postgraduate Degree applications.

Our Sustainable Futures programme has received outstanding feedback from institutions and student participants. 8/10 young people tell us the programme has significantly improved their understanding of how to bring sustainability into their working lives and that they have a better understanding of the skills and experience needed for the future.

 

Delivery

  • Tailored programmes available for students across all subject areas

  • In-person or remote (online) delivery options available

  • Please contact us to discuss the packages you require – you are welcome to ‘pick and mix’ any of the advertised sessions

  • Indicative prices for a package of 3 workshops with remote delivery:
    £2000 per cohort for up to 30 students
    £2750 per cohort for up to 80 students

We can provide a tailored Sustainable Futures programme for young people in Further Education, Higher Education and graduates.

 

Get in touch to find out how we can work together.