Real world experience working with companies is a key element of the BGF programme. We want to offer all our participants the opportunity to find out more about what a job in a thriving low carbon world might look and feel like.
In the past, we have helped BGFers arrange a short work placement at an organisation connected with their particular interests. These organisations have included: environmental charities, sustainability consultancies, government agencies and local councils. You can see some examples of these placements below.
From September 2020, the work experience aspect of BGF is changing to an exciting new three day work inquiry, designed to help you learn about working on a real life problem presented to you by a selection of leading sustainability organisations.
Over the course of three days you will work alongside your fellow BGF-ers on an issue with tangible consequences and present back your findings to your peers and senior sustainability professionals. As well as improving your employability, this experience will give you a valuable insight into the range of ways you can engage your own environmental interests within your future career.
Kristi undertook her work experience at the Ecology Building Society - a kind of bank that lends money to support environmental causes across the UK.
She impressed so much during her placement that she has now been offered a full-time role within the organisation!
"Thanks to the BGF placement, I landed a job at one of the UK's most ethical financial organisations!"
Jamie completed her placement with Groundwork London, an organisation helping communities become greener, stronger and healthier.
Groundwork were really grateful for Jamie’s work “We were all really impressed with your attitude and willingness to give anything a go and get stuck in without any fuss or complaining! From weeding in the rain, helping to re-purpose furniture, lending an ear to the older group, tending to chickens!”
"Your 'can-do' attitude and approach will take you far I’m sure...It goes without saying that we would be more than happy to write a reference if/when needed for future work or placements."