The GFG Foundation has teamed up with EDT, a leading STEM-focused education charity, to support the ‘Net Zero Virtual Work Experience’ programme. The purpose of the programme was to bring virtual workplace opportunities to young people who have missed out on traditional work experience and careers fairs over the last 18 months due to COVID-19. Over 100 students aged 14 to 18 were given an insight into STEM industries and careers, focusing predominantly on Scotland’s route map to becoming carbon neutral and the creation of exciting new opportunities.
During the seven-week programme, students had chance to hear from colleagues at the GFG Foundation, JAHAMA Highland Estates and ALVANCE, as well as completing various activities and project work to help build their knowledge and awareness of varying careers.
Claire Neilson, Manager of the GFG Foundation in the UK, took part in one of the live sessions and said afterwards: “We’ve had some great feedback from students, telling us how informative and inspiring the programme was and how much they have learnt from it. I’d also like to thank colleagues that took time out of their busy schedules to talk to the students.”
On successful completion of the programme, students were awarded an Industrial Cadet silver award, a highly acclaimed award inspired by HRH The Prince of Wales.
For more information about the GFG Foundation or the Industrial Cadet programme, contact Claire by emailing Claire.Neilson@gfgfoundation.org.uk