Centre for Sustainable Energy

St James Court, St James Parade, Bristol BS1 3LH
0117 934 1400 | www.cse.org.uk | Charity 298740 

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Bright Green Future is managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and is part of a Big Lottery funded project called Our Bright Future, aimed at empowering young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment.


Once you're on the programme, we’ll help you to arrange a work placement in an organisation connected with your interests. It will help give you a genuine insight into what it's like to work in the sustainability sector, as well as expanding your career options. Organisations could include...

  • Environmental charities

  • Government agencies

  • Sustainability consultancies

  • Local councils, particularly environmental management or planning department​

Here's a taster of what our participants have done so far...

Jamie completed her placement with Groundwork London, an organisation helping communities become greener, stronger and healthier. During her time there, she worked with an elderly community, working to make it a better space for those who lived in it.


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." 


"It was a fascinating insight into how charity organizations of the 'green economy' work."

Matthew completed his work placement at Ashden, a charity that promotes best practice solutions for energy-driven sustainable development. 

"My main job during the week was to scour the Internet for their most recent project award title. It was fascinating to learn about how sustainability and media communication intersect and to gain insight into how age-old technologies of passive houses could hold the key to sustainable living in the future. I've got a ticket to the Ashden Awards Ceremony 2019, which I'm very excited about, particularly to see who wins the prize I was researching!”

Hamad and Billal carried out their work placement with Carbon Coop and URBED learning about home energy efficiency improvements and retrofitting - this is what they had to say about their time there:


"The placement was great! There is a lot of science behind retrofitting that most people overlook. The people at URBED and Carbon Coop work really hard and so did we!"

"We learnt lots and evaluated and created energy efficiency plans for our own homes."

Ruby spent her time at 10:10's office carrying out tasks such as writing up stories for their newsletter, doing social media research and attending campaign meetings. She said it was very different to anything she’d done before which made it really enjoyable and worthwhile (despite the commute across London!)