Workshops

Throughout the day school students will have the opportunity to listen to talks, visit the Career Pathways Exhibition, and work with over 20 businesses in a range of one hour workshops, including: 

Your Business Future 

Roll up, Roll up for the Future Food and Fashion awards!  Teams of students engage their creative side, developing a fashion or food item of today into a product fit for 2025.  Working with successful entrepreneurs the teams will future proof their product - overcoming shifting consumer trends, resource scarcity, increased regulations and anything else the changing climate may throw at them.  They will enter the product into the Future Food and Fashion Awards, and vote for the most sustainable entry, in terms of people, planet and profit. 

Overall, students will gain an understanding of how putting sustainability at the core of business can enable it to thrive long-term by driving down costs, opening up new markets through innovation, and enhancing reputations and brand value.

This workshop is delivered by the Director of Just Ideas, Helen Garforth, and is sponsored by Solihull's Touchwood shopping centre.  

Your Innovative Future 

During this Dragons' Den style workshop leading businesses will take up the scenario of seeking funding. They will pitch innovations, based on real industry developments, to the student ‘Dragons’. The ideas will revolve around the principles of sustainable development (e.g. minimising use of raw materials and maximising access for all to essential resources). 

Teams of students go onto discuss and decide which innovation they would like to fund and how - up to £1,000,000 worth of funding, per team, can be secured through 'a bank', the 'UK government' or a 'charitable trust.' University students will take on these roles. 

Overall, students will gain a greater understanding that some of the biggest challenges we face, including climate change, the search for sustainable energy, deteriorating infrastructure and the stresses of rapid population growth demands science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

The workshop is delivered by the regional STEMnet contract holders and is sponsored by Renault UK.

Your Energy Future 

Through this workshop, students will work in teams to develop a sustainable energy plan for Snowdonia National Park. They will investigate different forms of renewable energy and will consider the relative potential of different methods for reducing consumption, including both behaviour change and technical measures. They will be challenged to consider the relative cost, environmental and social impact of each. Students will also be provided with opportunities to consider the types of job roles that may be relevant when it comes to implementing their chosen solutions.

As a result of working through these challenges students will begin to understand that when making decisions we must consider a range of factors - environmental, social and financial - and that a range of solutions will be required as no single solution can work to solve all of the issues involved. 

This workshop is delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency's education team. 

Your Resourceful Future

During this workshop young people are in teams representing six major sectors of work and have three challenges to meet their organisation's realistic waste reduction target.

Firstly they act as Research and Development teams in order to develop creative ideas that they believe can have the biggest impact on waste reduction in their organisation.  Next they must take on the role of Human Resources and organise everyone who is needed to deliver the plan.  Finally, each team will work as Communications teams and create a strong message to present their ideas to internal or external audiences.

As a result of working through these challenges students will: gain an understanding of the need to reduce waste across major job sectors; experience how different job roles can help to make positive changes and; find creative ways to communicate ideas to convince others.

This workshop is delivered by InterClimate Network and is sponsored by the NEC.