The job market is tough at the moment. Despite having a good education employers are now looking for Graduates with work experience. To stand out from the crowd 69 per cent of graduates say it helps with their job applications, and 34 per cent take up volunteering to enhance their application and chances of a getting employment. Work Experience Is Top Educational Tip For New Graduates The number of children going up to university to complete their education has been a bit too successful. The number of graduates is now the main obstacle to getting a foot on the career ladder. Forty five per cent of graduates say the job market has become too crowded. See the full article including the Vodaphone scheme to help graduates gain work experience and some top tips Top tips for Graduate Job Success
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Saturday 9th May 2009, World Fairtrade Day
Council House, College Green, Bristol
£12 full / £8 concessions, including lunch
how to book:
Tickets are sold as a product on the Bishopston Trading Company website. Please go to this link to make your booking > > >
A registration form and further details will be sent to you by email.
9.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Introduction and welcome
Key issues for the day – Lucy Siegle
10.15 Cotton Complexities - David Hiatt, MD Howies
10.30 Main case study from Mali- Hannah Durrant, Oxfam
10.45 Small, local, sustainable – Carolyn Whitwell, Bishopston Trading
11.0 Coffee and refreshments
11.30 Workshop choice 1
- Is Fairtrade enough? – Vanessa Parr (FT Foundation), Claire Durkin (BERR/DFID)
- Organic – myths and realities – Robin Maynard (Soil Association), Simon Ferrigno (PAN) and Damien san Filippo (Organic Exchange)
- From Plant to Product – Sam Mayer (Labour Behind the Label), Monica Philbrick (Traidcraft), Gillian Lipton (Monsoon)
- Ethical design – Abi Petit, (Gossypium), Chris Vandrill (Howies) and Tamsin Blanchard(Ethical Fashion forum), contributors
12.45 Lunch – Fairtrade, local and Organic buffet
1.30 Workshop choice 2
3.0 Plenary debate with expert panel, chaired by Barbara Crowther, Fairtrade Foundation
3.50 Speed Actionning – like dating, but with positive action!
4.25 Evaluation and depart
“This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let
us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans
rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.”
President Barrack Obama spoke with
concern about the future of our planet calling for immediate action to
be taken to secure a sustainable future for the next generation. This
article identifies the impact the global recession is having on the
environmental industry and how environmental professionals may help to
bring us out of the current economic downturn.
The recession has been called the ‘downside of gloablisation’ as the crisis began in the United States, the most powerful nation in the world; a knock-on effect was seen in all the major economies. The collapse of global giants such as Lehman Brothers, Wachovia, Washington Mutual and other household names has seen the US unemployment figure rise to above 7%, with over 10 million Americans out of work.
Despite the obvious effect on many individuals one of the most unpredictable effects will be that of job losses across the globe. The US saw 524,000 job cuts in December 2008 alone.
Across the UK we have also seen substantial job cuts and many environmental initiatives and developments ‘put on hold’ or abandoned. January saw Boris Johnson, Mayor of London of the Greater London Authority (GLA), cancelled the Green Homes Service, a scheme committed to insulation and renewable energy (such as wind power), in homes. This would have created many green roles in and around the London area. The GLA also announced a further £10 million project cut to the London Cycle Network Plus, which looked to improving the safety of cyclists and encouraging cycling in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.
The ‘restructuring’ City Hall project was put on hold with no less than 50 jobs being lost in the cost minimization process. Protests over potential redundancies have come from the Green Party, however these cuts look imminent and it is not only the GLA who are tightening their purse strings and consequentially trimming back their environmental spend.
WRAP – Waste Resources Action Programme – is a government advisory body that provides resource efficiency advice for businesses and general households and is now to become the only body to deliver Government funded recycling and waste programmes. Businesses will feel an impact from this change as 30% of their funding is being cut from £59m to £43.2m alongside 31 redundancies made this year already and with the expansion, supposedly making it easier for businesses and individuals to access green advice and support, there may be additional job cuts, less services provided and a fall in the overall budget for WRAP.
The construction industry has been hit hard as the housing market has plummeted with 50,000 job losses in 2008 and more expected in 2009. A total of between 7.5% and 8% of the total workforce in the UK have lost their jobs in this market including a high number or environmental monitors, construction waste managers and land condition experts. The unseen effect here was that of the diminished cascade to the lower margin consultancies who support the various developments within construction and development, but for whom the previous abundance of work has dried up.
So how can we be positive about the environmental sector given all this gloom and doom?
In the current crisis it is hard to stay optimistic with only 21% of CEO’s confident their business will grow. The decrease in confidence has changed attitudes to do with the environment, now less than 1 in 10 CEO’s worry about diminishing natural resources and fail to put the issue high on the agenda. Sir Stuart Rose, M&S executive chairman, however insists that green remains high on the agenda. His Plan A is award winning and there is evidence showing that CSR is on an upturn as many more firms instigate their push towards the environment and energy improvements; RBS, Tarmac, Co-Op and Samsung are just some of the large corporates that see the crisis as an opportunity to focus on CSR and grow their business, establishing new positions in their markets above their competitors.
Allen & York Business Manager Joe Heppenstall said, “It is no longer the altruists that are telling people about their ‘Sustainable Strategy’ its becoming more and more common place in the boardroom. By no means is everything looking gloomy!”
Remaining optimistic is difficult but there is evidence that careers in the environmental sector are showing some elasticity and could drive new economic growth. Careers including ecologists, hydrologists, environmental chemists are expected to grow 25% over the next decade – basically jobs that are required and continue in demand when there is no extra discretionary money to spend.
Construction roles may have been reduced but this reduction is being counteracted by huge demand for climate change and carbon-reduction services as the Government introduces its’ low-carbon strategy to create a new green economy to pull us out of the recession and work towards a sustainable future.
Plans have been announced by the Mayor of London that 15,000 jobs could be created in an effort to cut energy and tackle climate change. Targets have been set in place of reducing London’s carbon emissions by 60%, contributing £600m to London’s economy by 2025 and being established as a low carbon hub. Green collar jobs would play an important role therefore employing green professionals would gain a company the best long-term value out of their investment.
The NHS announced a major campaign to reduce their carbon footprint, currently employing one and a half million people, in-house and contracted environmental professionals will lead the campaign. With low carbon targets to achieve and campaigns in place, the new global low carbon economy is worth £3 trillion employing 880,000 people in the UK.
The latter comes under the term the ‘green new deal’ which means spending money to stimulate the use of ‘green technology’ such as renewable energy and public transport to create jobs, environmental preservation and economic upturn.
The UN have been in talks proposing ‘a global green new deal’ to be presented at the G20 where economic stimuli of all countries are expected to devote billions of public spending to green projects. The US economic stimulus has amounted to more than $2,800 bn with around $430 bn (15%) going to be spent on green measures. The UK is only allocating £535 million (7%) of their economic stimulus which is said to be too small with MP’s suggesting the Treasury should spend £11 bn on green stimulus measures as this would lead to net job creation, cut emissions and improve energy security.
Greenpeace suggested that if £5 bn was invested in energy efficiency measures, 55,000 jobs could be created. Green job creation would range from the science behind clean energy systems to their physical installation including every function in between.
EU diplomats have viewed the election of President Barack Obama as the most positive change in the US as Obama commits the US to cut emissions 16% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Obama also plans to spend billions of dollars on renewable energy. The Government in the UK has proposed for the creation of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment to deliver targets of sourcing 15% of the UK’s energy by 2020. Governments are committing to energy efficiency projects as they are labour intensive creating construction sector jobs, which have been worst hit, energy sector jobs, reducing energy use, producing cost savings, a sustainable future and most importantly it is the best route to economic recovery.
Joe Heppenstall summed up the situation saying, “Lets face it, the US needs a boost and if building a better, bigger environmental industry is what Obama brings then good for them. In terms of the UK we have a great industry and for us it’s about how we adapt to these times in both the Public and Private Sector and what we can do to change in the face of the market conditions.” He went on to say that “The consultants in the UK are some of the best in the world and have a habit of being able to switch strategy to meet demand through retraining, recruiting new skills and refocus on sectors that are very much alive. Similarly the blue chip organizations are recognizing that the green agenda will no away.”
The financial crisis has had large implications on the environment industry but at the same time created huge economic, social and environmental benefits likely to arise from combating climate change and pollution, generating many varied opportunities.
Notes to the editor:
About Allen & York:
A&Y have established a market leading presence in Sustainable Environmental, Health & Safety, Planning and Energy by continually striving to be not just effective, but the best in their field. With worldwide experience of specialist recruitment knowledge, their results speak for themselves. Allen & York’s role is to take the hassle and uncertainty out of the recruitment process whilst at the same time freeing their client’s time to continue doing what they do best. As standard, Allen & York offer a bespoke, cost-effective service that is backed up by continuing commitment to ethical practice and professional excellence. www.allen-york.com
Weather the recession: go to work in the garden
Not so long ago gardens were exclusively for leisure. For lying
around in, pottering in, eating al fresco, barbecues, bonfires, boules
and swingball. But as 2009 progresses the picture is looking very
different. Once a haven of relaxation, gardens are turning into hives
of activity as people all over the UK go to work in the garden.
As the recession points Britain towards a new way of living, people want much more from their green spaces. These days, in addition to a lawn, shrubs and flowers, many people are serious about growing their own produce and keeping chickens, others are bringing their businesses home to their gardens. Just like our ancestors in pre-industrial revolution agrarian communities, we’re returning to our roots. Not so much a nation of shopkeepers, more a nation of smallholders as we spend more time working at home, from home and in our homes!
An amazing 4.2m businesses in the UK employ less than 10 people and in today’s unpredictable economic climate, many small businesses are strengthening their financial position by taking their business home. It is no longer just the self-employed and home-workers who run their businesses from home. Micro businesses are also saying goodbye to rented offices in town centres and taking their staff home with them to a fully functional home office at the bottom of the garden.
Nigel Peters’ business was paying more than £10,000 a year rent for an office that was half an hour’s commute away from his home in Surrey. Last autumn he decided to move back home and contacted InsideOut Buildings who design and build garden offices and, unsurprisingly, run their business from an office in their garden. “InsideOuts’ offices aren’t cheap, but they’re absolutely ideal.” He said. “We wanted an eco-friendly building that we’d be proud to bring clients to, but also a comfortable working environment that would house the business for years to come and that compliments the main house. Staying at home with the dog and the chickens is much better than commuting and we feel we’re doing our bit for the environment by cutting down on commuting and heating bills.’
Lynn Fotheringham, director of InsideOut is seeing a huge increase in this type of enquiry. “One of the key questions for small business owners who want to take their business home is ‘Can I employ people in an office in my own garden?” Lynn explains “The answer is yes, as long as you have the approval of your local planning department. They will assess your plans, taking into consideration things like the nature of your business and the availability of parking spaces. If your garden office is for your own personal use, you might not need planning permission, full stop.”
Patrick Boggan of Tarnside Consulting is currently building an eco-friendly office in his garden, in the beautiful Lyth Valley just outside Kendal. Tarnside is a fundraising and management consultancy that works with charities: a thriving business that already employs four people working inside Patrick’s family home. He and his family wanted to regain control of their home, which is where InsideOut stepped in. “Despite the fact that Tarnside Consulting is in the Lake District National Park” says Lynn Fotheringham, “Patrick was still given planning permission to house his business in an InsideOut office in the garden. The company’s new office even has a shower room for employees who cycle to work.”
People who already work at home who are desperate to move to a larger house but unable to sell their current home are finding that a good alternative is to build an office in the garden instead. Sally Heneghan of South Wales, who chose a garden office rather than moving, says, “Creating an office was a great deal cheaper – and faster – than moving to a bigger house. The thing that really sold the idea to us was that Inside Out’s garden offices are built to last a lifetime. They’re also beautiful to look at, designed with sensitivity and a genuine appreciation of their surroundings.”
It is wise to bear in mind that taking your business home doesn’t mean you can leave legislation on the doorstep! If you’re planning to bring employees into your office in the garden, buildings with more than 30sq metres of floor space must meet a variety of stringent regulations regarding structural standards, insulation levels, fireproofing, access and facilities for people with restricted physical mobility. But whatever the size, InsideOut’s garden offices are built to the same strict Building Regulations specifications as a new home.
As our life/work values change we all want our gardens to work harder for us. Thankfully building in your garden isn’t as complex as you might think and the results can be stunning. Bringing your work home can be rewarding financially and emotionally – perhaps our ancestors had it right all along!
For more information and hires please contact: -
01524 737999 firstname.lastname@example.org www.iobuild.co.uk InsideOut Garden office Brochure.
Insideout Buildings Ltd. The Green, Over Kellet, Lancashire LA6 1BU.
Following the success of the Greening Events Summit in 2008, the event
is returning this year with a new name, a new venue and a clear focus –
50 practical steps to take back to your organisation to make your
events more sustainable.
The Sustainable Events Summit 2009 takes place on Friday 22 May at One
Wimpole Street, London. With sustainability currently a huge issue in
the events industry, and organisers eager to learn best practice and
implement sustainable measures, this is a timely moment for the summit
to take place.
The aim of the day is to provide delegates with 50 practical actions which they can take back to their organisations. The summit will be chaired by Lucy Siegle, ethical living columnist at the Observer and BBC One Show presenter. Lucy will be ensuring that the event is dynamic, inspirational and encourages practical action.
Delegates at this event will comprise heads of events / event directors across a variety of business sectors; event media and suppliers to the industry. We are targeting around 250 delegates to maximise the value of the day for all attendees.
The Summit will provide an informative day for delegates. We aim to include interactive sessions to add variety and incorporate future technologies. Speakers confirmed so far include:
David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability, LOCOG;
Anne Hayes, Head of Market Development – Sustainability, BSI;
Neil Grange, Sustainable Event Management Consultant, Arup;
Alison Tickell, Director, Julie’s Bicycle.
Other participants include representatives from Wembley Stadium, The Guardian, The Ryder Cup and Virgin Trains.
Last year’s Summit had 200 attendees and once again we want as many attendees as possible to share their experiences and commit to practical action to make the events industry more sustainable. Early Bird tickets are available now at a reduced cost.
To book tickets go to the Summit website at www.sustainableeventssummit.com. For more information call Joelle McNichol from the Summit team on 020 7515 5775 or email Joelle@sustainableeventssummit.com.
The Sustainable Events Summit is supported by our sustainable host venue, One Wimpole Street, which will be offering a high-tech, interactive experience for delegates as well as a sustainably sourced seasonal menu. Other partners of the event are the Association of Event Venues, the Event Supplier and Services Association, Conference News and Exhibition News.
The Summit will also feature an exhibition space showcasing the latest services and solutions in event sustainability. If your company would like to be featured in the exhibition space get in touch with Joelle on 020 7515 5775.
The Sustainable Events Summit aims to be the catalyst for real change in the events industry. Come along and be part of it.
Notes to editors:
1. The Sustainable Events Summit is managed by Green Business Events and Seventeen Events.
2. One Wimpole Street is a sustainable venue in central London which was recently accredited to the BS8901 sustainable event management standard.
3. A full list of speakers with biographies will be available shortly on the event website – www.sustainableeventssummit.com.
4. Exhibition stands and limited sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Joelle McNichol on 020 7515 5775 or Joelle@sustainableeventssummit.com.