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."
"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.
"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!"
"It made me realise some of the jobs on offer at charities and that there is a wide variety of jobs available... I'd love to work in a charity like 10:10!"
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!)
Ovesco are a community energy organisation that are developing renewable energy projects in Oscar's home town of Lewes.
He spent his week editing share offer documents that were being prepared to help raise money from the public for a 29kW solar project, an important part of any renewable energy project.