The North East LEP is committed to both stimulating new and maximising access to existing job opportunities which is why it was quick to respond to last Autumn’s announcement of Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) plans for establishing a new core hub office in the region. Working with the LEP, Defra and East Durham College are looking forward to raising awareness of civil service job opportunities, creating meaningful employer encounters between learners and ultimately, boosting job opportunities in the region.
Therefore, East Durham College, Defra and Rural Payments Agency (RPA) are working on an exciting new project to build a Green Skills Hub to develop a greener future for all.
All of us are responsible for improving and protecting the environment around us. Through this partnership, we hope to grow a green economy and sustain thriving rural communities.
Through working in communities, we can raise awareness of green skills essential for our future, ensuring we protect our planet, and provide opportunities for people in their local area, to contribute to great places for living.
The Green Skills Hub helps anyone to understand more about the Defra group and how it affects their local area, the food they eat, the place they live and the future they want. It will act as a central repository of green skills information, underpinned by real world experience from people working in different roles across the civil service. It will help people understand the context for skills development within the green agenda and raise awareness and change perceptions of how policy is formed, implemented and impacts on peoples day to day lives.
The Green Skills Hub focuses on three key areas: Planet, Places and People.
Green Skills for the Future - Planet
An overview of Defra group, its objectives, agencies and policies. Informing people about its role has in everyone's life from food, access to spaces and investment in sustainable innovation that protects our planet.
Green Skills for the Future - Place
An overview of investment and innovation in sustainability within communities. Highlighting the skills required for future development and raising awareness of the work being done, and the networks that support them.
Green Skills for the Future - People
An overview of different career pathways and opportunities to develop or be recognised for green skills. Underpinned by social mobility agenda to remove barriers to progression, through support available.
These areas have been chosen to appeal to a broad range of people, from raising awareness of policies that protect our planet, discovering the work being done to enhance local areas and exploring the opportunities for people to work in green careers.
The Green Skills Hub will support the Heads of Place pillars of Leadership, Places for Growth, Talent Development and Collaboration.
We will create a structure that raises awareness of leadership in working towards NetZero and environmental sustainability across Defa group, supporting people in creating great places for living with clear pathways to talent development, underpinned by values-led collaborative working.