BAM is one of six industry giants who have paired with business transformation enterprise Fuel Change to bring a pioneering sustainability and skills development programme to the Next Generation of Scottish employees.
SSE, Forth Ports, BAM, AECOM, VisitScotland and Intelligent Growth Solutions have each set a challenge, based on a real-life sustainability issue facing their business, which participants in Fuel Change’s inaugural National Workplace Challenge will be tasked with solving when the programme gets underway in UK businesses next year.
Fuel Change is a business transformation enterprise that is engaging the Next Generation to drive a positive transition to net zero through skills development. The Fuel Change National Challenge is a unique 16-week programme in which Next Generation participants aged 16-25 take on a real-world climate challenge, collaborate on a solution, and present it. The National Challenge questions, set by SSE, Forth Ports, BAM, AECOM, VisitScotland and Intelligent Growth Solutions, will see participants tackle topics encompassing the energy transition, logistics, decarbonising town centres, food production, and sustainable tourism.
The National Challenge is already underway in 21 pathfinder secondary schools across Scotland that are undertaking the Fuel Change Challenge for Education - an SCQF-level 6 accredited programme for senior-phase high school and college students which combines climate literacy and employability skills as they prepare to move into the workplace.
And with the National Workplace Challenge kicking off in February 2023, Fuel Change and its six industry partners have today launched a drive to UK businesses to sign up to participate in the pioneering programme, which has been proven to develop and educate the Next Generation workforce and solve organisational challenges.
The drive was launched at Fuel Change Live! - a one-day showcase of the Challenge programme in action, hosted by Fuel Change at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth on 2 November. The event was attended by more than 50 school pupils from across Scotland who took part in a ‘super sprint’ National Challenge demonstration to business leaders and the Scottish Government Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, Richard Lochhead MSP.