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Youngsters invited to explore 'green' careers at conference

Published on Friday, October 28, 2016

STUDENTS from local schools and colleges will be finding out about opportunities in the growing field of environmental and sustainable careers at a special conference.

Leicester City Council has teamed up with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) to hold the city’s first Environmental Careers Conference aimed at secondary and sixth form students, as part of the Leicester Business Festival.

The event takes place at City Hall on Monday, October 31.  

Around 130 students from eight local schools will take part in workshops and presentations led by representatives of a wide range of environmental careers in areas including transport, construction, landscape design, the automotive industry, the university sector, local government and environmental consultancy. 

A welcome will be given by Cllr Sarah Russell, Assistant City Mayor for children, young people and schools, with a keynote speech from Martin Baxter, Executive Director of Policy at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). 

Cllr Russell said: “Lots of our schools are already actively involving young people in work around issues of sustainability, recycling and biodiversity and run some fantastic eco-projects.

“This first environmental careers conference will provide a chance for students to explore how they can take these interests further, and meet professionals in the growing field of environmental and sustainable careers.

“It’s a great example of how our Eco-Schools project encourages young people to develop their environmental ethos and carry this into later life.”

The event has been organised as part of the city council’s environmental education scheme, launched in 2014.

As part of the scheme, schools in Leicester can become Eco-Schools by taking part in a range of activities, including energy reduction, recycling, increasing biodiversity and reducing litter. Schools are also encouraged to think about sustainability and environmental friendliness on a global scale.

Over 90 city schools are registered with the Eco-Schools programme, and there are eight ‘green flag’ Eco-Schools in Leicester.