Local London Careers Hub-East are working in partnership with CGI, to host the London Schools’ Climate Kick-Start Event in East London on 17 November.
Coinciding with COP27, the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Egypt, the London Schools’ Climate Kick Start is a city-wide schools programme to empower young people to help tackle climate change, loss of wildlife and air pollution.
The event is open to students in Year 9 and to help them make informed decisions before going on to choose GCSE subjects. Priority has been given to schools with a high percentage of free school meals from Local London’s nine boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
Bringing together businesses with strong green ambitions, the all-day event will give students an opportunity to learn in short interactive workshops and speak directly to employers about jobs, skills and what life is like in these careers.
There will be a focus on encouraging students into green careers, to respond to a growing demand for skills in renewable energy, home energy efficiency, green finance, and electric transport. The green jobs sector is growing exponentially, providing an exciting range of career options, from engineering wind turbines to helping the public understand their carbon footprint.
Lead partner CGI, one of the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world, is also proud to be a partner of the COP27 presidency and believe that technology can support with the transition to net zero through innovations and sustainable technologies. Demonstrating the business’s environmental commitments, CGI was also recently awarded platinum rating by EcoVadis, placing it in the top 1% of companies for sustainable business practices.
The event is part-funded by Greater London Authority, Careers and Enterprise Company, London South East Colleges, and Local London, the event is supported by the Mayor of London, European Social Fund, Let’s Go Zero 2030 and Bloomberg L.P.
A legacy of continued relationships with companies, universities and schools, alongside continuing professional development sessions for careers leaders, subject teachers and senior leaders, will further embed green skills into school career programmes and school improvement plans.
With very limited spaces remaining, schools interested in participating should contact the Careers Hub East Team to join the event.