FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I sign up?


Complete the application form found on the Join page of our website. We are currently closed for applications. Applications for the April 2022 start will open December 2021.




Is it free?


Yes! It's completely free. The programme is funded by the National Grid ESO. We're also able to provide bursaries to cover the cost of your travel to training sessions and summer school, and help out with the cost of running your local project.




What do I get at the end?


As well as the experience and knowledge you will have gained, you’ll get a learning passport detailing all the training, projects and activities you’ve done and what you achieved. In the future, you can use this to help you apply for university courses or jobs. You'll also be able to join the Bright Green Future alumni networks, giving you the chance to learn and share with leading professionals and fellow inspirational young people. Finally, we can also give you a reference - if required - and a certificate for completing the online training element of BGF.




Is the Residential Week compulsory?


Yes, we want everyone to be able to take part because it is a central feature of the programme. If you can’t make it to the one at the end of your BGF months, we’ll try and arrange for you to get to the one the following cohort. If you have concerns about attending the residential week for whatever reason then get in touch and we’ll see if we can help. It's also the best part of the programme for getting to know others.




Will it help me get into university?


We hope so! Universities are really keen on seeing applicants who have done more than just academic subjects at school. Taking part in extra-curricular activities can really make you stand out against other candidates. As a Bright Green Future participant you’re demonstrating that you’re conscientious and forward thinking, which are qualities that universities like to see in their students. And you’ll have a heap of extra skills, more knowledge, and greater confidence from having taken part.




Will I have to travel or can I do most of the work at home?


Most of what you do will be in your own area, so you can work at home, at school or wherever you prefer! Some training sessions, as well as your BGF work enquiry, will be face-to-face so you’ll need to travel if you want to come to one of those, but we’ll cover your costs. You’ll need to travel to go to the residential week too. For the autumn 2021 cohort, we are anticipating that most of the programme will be virtual. This will depend on Covid-19 restrictions.




Will I receive help with my projects?


Yes, your Bright Green Future group project will be able to help you and will be available during group check ins. The rest of the Bright Green Future staff team are available to help and offer mentoring and coaching.




Can Bright Green Future be part of my Duke of Edinburgh award?


Bright Green Future activities may count towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Skills section. Please check with your DofE leader for applicability before starting.




Do I have to write a report on what I’ve done?


No, we don’t want to make extra work for you, but we will regularly ask you for feedback on how things are going, what you have done and what you have learned.




I’ve already finished school, can I still take part?


As long as you are between the ages of 16 and 19 when you start the programme, anyone can sign up - whether you've finished school or not.




I don’t know what I want to do after school yet, can I still take part?


Of course! The programme will help you to explore some ideas you may not have thought about before, and we really hope that it will be the start of a career in the environmental sector. You’ll learn how to make a positive impact to the environment whatever career path you decide to take. It doesn't matter what subjects you're interested in or if you don't know much about the science behind climate change.




If I have friends taking part, can we work together?


Yes, when you do your local project working as a team can really help to make a project successful. You’ll need to make sure that each person in the group is contributing to tasks and getting something from the project though.




Who are the Bright Green Future team?


The Bright Green Future team all work at the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) which is an established and respected energy charity that has been working to address climate change and fuel poverty for over 40 years. We have a lot of experience in delivering projects involving: supporting households to lower their energy use and reduce their bills, helping community energy projects to develop, influencing others to make a difference to their local area, influencing national energy policy, and much more. Read about the many things we do at cse.org.uk.




Why we are focussing on Black, Brown and other minority ethnic young people?


For the next cohort (starting autumn 2021) of Bright Green Futures, we are aiming to recruit 75% of the young people from a Black, Brown and other minority ethnic background. The programme is not exclusive to young people from these backgrounds, anyone aged 16 - 19 can apply. However we particularly welcome applications from these backgrounds are they are currently under-represented within the environmental sector and this is something we are seeking to change. A 2017 Policy Exchange report found that the environmental sector is the second least diverse sector in the UK, with 97% of professional being white. An NUS study also found that 9% of UK students in higher education studying direct feeder subjects to environment professions identify as non-white minorities compared to 22% of UK students in higher education identify as non-White minorities.




Will it fit around my existing commitments?


Whether you are working or studying, BGF is designed to fit around your existing commitments. While you need to complete a local project, work enquiry and online training course to receive a certificate of achievement, these are to complement your existing work/study.