South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) has partnered with Fuel Change to ensure that local organisations benefit fully from the transition to Net Zero. The partnership – which will be modelled on the Fuel Change Challenge – will engage the skills and talent of the next generation in the south of Scotland.
SOSE is setting up a range of sustainability-focused challenges in collaboration with local businesses and organisations. As these challenges focus on the south of Scotland, they will aim to address some of the biggest issues the region faces, and opportunities it has, in terms of decarbonisation.
The challenge aims to encourage the development of new, innovative, and net zero solutions. These solutions hold the potential both to alleviate and address the problems being faced by many organisations, and maximise the potential from decarbonisation, whilst also showcasing the south of Scotland as a leader of this change.
In addition to this, the SOSE Challenge provides an opportunity for businesses, charities and other organisations in the south of Scotland to network and collaborate, which will help to create a more integrated and connected workforce. It will also identify and develop young talent, providing the next generation of the south of Scotland with the opportunity for significant personal and career development.
Martin Valenti, Director of Net Zero of South of Scotland Enterprise, said:
“There is no more important challenge than climate change, from the South of Scotland to the rest of the world. In addition, though, there is a huge upside to be gained by decarbonisation.
“We want to encourage organisations from all sectors to get involved and put forward teams of graduates and apprentices to address real industry problems. This will enable our next generation of workers to develop new skills to demonstrate their talent in problem-solving, teamwork, critical thinking and resilience.”
Jennifer Tempany, Chief Operating Officer of Fuel Change, said:
“Most organisations see achieving net zero as important rather than urgent. As a cost rather than a benefit. We need to change that, and South of Scotland Enterprise is ahead of the game in recognising that.
“The everyday younger people working in organisations across the south of Scotland are the ones who need to be the change. They don’t want to stop the world and get off – they want to change the world so they can stay on.
“Our Fuel Change Challenges are a small but important piece of that puzzle. From our experience to date, we’ve seen how providing young people with an opportunity such as this can help to unleash their talent and skills, to the major benefit of them and their employer.
We can’t wait to see what the young people of the South of Scotland achieve.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
- About South of Scotland Enterprise: South of Scotland Enterprise is the economic and community development agency for Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders. SOSE were established by the Scottish Government in recognition of the unique circumstances of the South of Scotland, and the need for a fresh approach to drive inclusive growth across the area. Through working with people and businesses throughout the region, SOSE aims to establish the South of Scotland as a centre of opportunity, innovation and growth.
- About Fuel Change: Fuel Change believes that truly engaging the Next Generation is fundamental to achieving a positive transition to Net Zero. By unleashing the underestimated skills and talent of the future workforce through Fuel Change’s unique challenge programme, we will positively drive sustainability within business from the bottom-up. Over the last 2 years Fuel Change has run national and regional challenges with over 900 participants and 70 organisations, with backing from the Scottish government. Through partnering with organisations to solve their decarbonisation challenges we unleash the underestimated skills and talent of Scotland’s future workforce.
- About the Fuel Change Challenge: Teams work through a series of three sprints, lasting around five to six months, which require 1-2 hours per week from each participant. The Fuel Change core team runs a series of structured sessions to guide and support the teams throughout Sprint 1 and 2 to develop skills and provide a base level of sustainability education. Towards the end of Sprint 2, each team is assigned a dedicated mentor to help them refine their solution. Sprint 3 culminates in a presentation to industry professionals with the prospect of future implementation of their solution.
- Key dates:
21st July: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkf-uvrTgrEt0AtH1ysk3hS5_xfefElkX7
28th July: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkf-uhpzwvHtATF_MEjUfBqQGzCqC2VZPR
4th August: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpd–srjgjEtEYbvBOprqDZK_4gWhqQeNv
To hear more in person, sign up for one of our live events here:
9th August at Dumfries and Galloway College: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-south-of-scotland-decarbonisation-challenge-dumfries-in-person-event-tickets-383319407667
11th August at Borders College: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-south-of-scotland-decarbonisation-challenge-galashiels-in-person-event-tickets-383345626087
To register a team or individual from your workforce for the SOSE challenge, click on the register now button available: https://fuelchange.co.uk/sose-challenge/