Today the government has launched its new strategy, which encompasses Further Education colleges. Implications include,
Through the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, we are legislating to ensure employer leadership of Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) have regard to skills needed to help deliver on our net-zero target, adaptation to climate change, and other environmental goals.
From now on bids into our Further Education Capital Transformation Programme will also be assessed to determine if the new works will be net zero in operation.
Co-host an International Green Skills Conference by 2023 with the higher and further Education sectors to exhibit the best of UK green skills and education opportunities
Align apprenticeships to net-zero objectives through the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s (IfATE) Green Apprenticeships Advisory Panel through the Net Zero Strategy.
Have a T-level in agriculture, land management and production available by September 2023
The provision of carbon literacy training for all sustainability leads in every nursery, school and college by 2025.
Sustainability requires oversight by governors on two key areas:
- Sustainable Development – an aspirational ongoing process of addressing social, environmental and economic concerns to create a better world.
- Education for Sustainable Development – the process of creating curriculum structures and subject-relevant content to support sustainable development.
5 key questions for boards to ask are:
- What is the impact of climate change on our organisation?
- What is the organisation’s impact on climate?
- What is our strategy for responding to risks and opportunities arising from climate change?
- How are we organising the business to address climate impact?
- What are stakeholders and regulators expectations and how are we addressing them?