Throughout the day participants will have the opportunity to listen to talks, visit the Career Pathways Exhibition and take part in a range of interactive workshops, including:
Your Business Future
Roll up, roll up for the Future Retail Awards! Teams of students engage their creative side, developing a retail item of today (e.g. food, fashion, cosmetics) into a product fit for 2025. Working with successful businesses 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. Each team will enter their product into the Future Retail Awards, and vote for the most sustainable entry, in terms of people, planet and profit.
Overall, students will gain an understanding of the choices, the opportunities and the challenges of putting environmental, social and economic sustainability at the core of business.
This workshop is delivered by Just Ideas Sustainable Solutions.
Your Energy Future
Teams of students will work with diverse businesses to develop a sustainable energy plan for Snowdonia National Park. They will investigate different forms of renewable energy and consider the relative potential of different methods for reducing consumption, including both behaviour change and technical measures.
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 the issues are diverse and complex.
The workshop is delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency.
Your Innovative Future
During this Dragon's Den style workshop leading businesses will pitch innovations, based on real industry developments, to teams of students ‘Dragons’.
After the pitches the Dragons will have the opportunity to ask questions about the innovations, before deciding how they would invest their £1,000,000 worth of (fictional) funding. Following investment, the students will offer the businesses suggestions on how they could improve their ideas.
Overall, students greatly enhanced their knowledge of the crucial role of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in creating a low carbon future.
This workshop is delivered by the Birmingham and Solihull STEM Centre.
Your Resourceful Future
Thanks to SUEZ for sponsoring this workshop.
During this workshop, teams of students will take on the role of local organisations. Working with professionals from these businesses they will undertake a series of challenges in order to devise a creative solution to tackle a real-life waste issue that their company is trying to address.
Overall, students will gain an understanding of the need to reduce waste across major job sectors and experience how different job roles can help to make positive changes.
The workshop is delivered by InterClimate Network.
Your Construction Future
Students will be tasked to re-design a derelict space in to a play area for local children. They will be given a plan of the area and key criteria they will need to consider, in terms of surfaces, boundaries, sustainability of materials and the construction process. Working in groups they will have to make difficult decisions about which materials to use, considering both the cost and the environmental impact. They will also consider the different job roles in the production of these materials and the process of designing and building a playground.
Through the workshop students’ will learn about a wide variety of building materials including where they come and their impact on the environment; make decisions and compromises within budget and ecological constraints and; understand the different career opportunities linked to designing and building.
This workshop is devlivered by Solutions for the Planet.