Aldersgate Group member, the National Union of Students (NUS), is inviting corporate senior management and HR teams to take part in their latest study. The short, confidential survey investigates businesses' experience of recruiting and working with recent graduates and aims to understand the corporate skills and values requirements relating to a sustainable economy.
More than one person from an organisation can complete the survey and, as thanks for your time, participants will have the chance to win a £1000 donation to the charity of your choice. The survey will take 10 minutes to complete and can be saved and continued when convenient.
Click here to begin the survey.
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, has said that a range of pressures threatens to split society as the older generation thrives at the expense of the young.
Speaking at Your Green Future to over 350 school pupils representing more than half the secondary schools in Gloucestershire, he said that uncontrolled public debt, youth unemployment, rising inequality, falling living standards, resource constraints and climate change risks "mortgaging the future of the younger generation". He said it was vital that students ensured their voice is heard to help steer our politicians to better adapt to underlying global trends and grasp the economic opportunities.
Following the keynote speech, the Aldersgate Group ran a series of workshops to engage the pupils to create their vision for a thriving and successful UK economy.
An Aldersgate Group seminar has found that the UK could be at the forefront of providing technology solutions to global megatrends but needs a more ambitious vision and enabling framework to ensure success.
According to the SMARTer 2020 report by GeSI, ICT enabled solutions have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5%, create 29.5 million jobs and yield USD1.9 trillion of savings by 2020 worldwide.
On the 24th June 2013, Microsoft, GeSI and the Aldersgate Group hosted an industry event to explore the role of ICT and cloud computing to build world-leading industries in the UK and address global megatrends such as climate change and resource insecurity. The outcomes recommend how the Government's Information Economy Industrial Strategy could help meet these objectives. (To read these outcomes, please see the attached executive summary.)
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, said: "we warmly welcome the publication of the Information Economy Industrial Strategy that was launched by the Prime Minister a few weeks ago. It sets out how Government and industry could work much more collaboratively on a long term vision that goes beyond political cycles to enable the UK to be a leader in this digital revolution. To be a success, it needs to address how the UK can provide the solutions to long term global trends, such as population growth, ageing populations, climate change and resource scarcity."
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, responding to proposals to remove climate change from the national curriculum for under 14-year-olds, said: "Dropping climate change from the curriculum is indefensible and arcane. Education must prepare the next generation for the pressing challenges that they will face if they are to have any chance of securing their future prosperity.
Many chief executives are currently working in partnership with Government to strengthen the skill needs to address the risks and opportunities of a resource constrained world. The curriculum proposals are in direct conflict with future skill requirements and pressing business needs."
Mr Raingold has signed a petition to Michael Gove to "Keep Climate Change in the Curriculum" by 15 year old Esha Marwaha from Hounslow.
The Aldersgate Group's Executive Director, Andrew Raingold, has been appointed as a special advisor to the Environmental Audit Committee in a personal capacity.
He said: "I look forward to working with the committee to assess the Government performance in meeting its sustainability goals. The lesson from many leading businesses in these tough economic times is that adopting ambitious green policies can be a spur for growth and innovation, rather than being a drag on competitiveness."
The Aldersgate Group is working as a key stakeholder on the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)'s "Smarter Environmental Regulation Review". This review seeks to build on the findings of the Red Tape Challenge, reforming legislation over the long term.
Peter Young, Chairman of the Aldersgate Group and a member of Defra's Critical Friends working group, said the priority is "to reduce the burden of environmental regulation whilst securing better environmental outcomes."
Defra has submitted suggestions for changes to guidance and reporting requirements to ministers and an announcement is pending.
In an article for The Learning Rep, the flagship skills publication of the TUC and Unionlearn, the Aldersgate Group lead on skills, John Edmonds, has said that it is crucial not to abandon re-skilling opportunities for the existing workforce in favour of investing exclusively in the next generation. He said the current workforce should have an "opportunity of changing direction, of taking on new skills, or preparing for the new economy".
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint, moved an Opposition debate in the House of Commons on 5th March on jobs and growth in a low-carbon economy. For further information click here.
The motion called on the Government to bring forward an active industrial strategy for low-carbon growth by providing a stable policy framework to unlock private investment, improving public procurement, developing a low-carbon skills strategy and encourage manufacturing. This followed a speech Caroline Flint gave at the Aldersgate Group, cited in the Commons debate, that outlined the details for such a strategy.
In addition, Vince Cable gave a speech on the 27th Feb on the next step's for an industrial strategy and what role the Government can, and should, play in relation to specific sectors, technologies, and public procurement. For further information, click here.
The Aldersgate Group (AG) welcomes a new BIS publication, "Skills for a Green Economy", which demonstrates the Government's recognition of the importance of training and skills in managing the transition to a resource efficient economy. Particularly, the report reflects a similar assessment of Britain's skills requirements with the AG's 2010 publication, Mind the Gap (see right).
John Edmonds, who leads the AG's workstream on skills, said: "The challenge for the Government is now to move from analysis to delivery. This will mean facing up to the central policy dilemma which is graphically described by BIS.
"At the moment Britain's skills policy is demand led. This requires British business to give clear messages to training providers. However "Skills for a Green Economy" recognises that many businesses are very uncertain about their future skill needs. To help resolve this problem, BIS argues sensibly for the provision of more readily available information to guide business decision makers but, given the size of the task and the need for early action, there is a case for the Government also considering a more interventionist approach."
The Aldersgate Group (AG) and Ellen MacArthur Foundation are embarking on a joint initiative that seeks to identify the key challenges to accelerate the knowledge and practical skills required for all professions, in the transition to a new economy.
We want to hear from you. Click on the adjacent briefing to find out how to get involved.
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director of the AG, was a keynote speaker at the launch of a new report by the IPPR on lessons that can be learned from the US green jobs market. The paper assesses the success of the 'green jobs' policy agenda in the US and investigates a range of localised, bottom-up approaches to fostering the 'green economy', reaching excluded workers and meeting environmental targets. Click here to read more.
Andrew Raingold, Executive Director at the AG, chaired a conference for the University and College Union that called on the Government to turn green skills policy into practice. This examined how the learning and skills sector could implement national low carbon policies and had a practical focus of contributing to action plans to help key players respond to the skills agenda.
Download Andrew's presentation to read more.
The Aldersgate Group has added its support to the Small Change Big Difference Campaign, following a meeting with Catherine McKinnell MP. Ms McKinnell has tabled a Bill in Parliament that will require certain public procurement contracts let by public authorities to include a commitment by the contractor to provide apprenticeships and skills training.
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Today the Aldersgate Group (AG) submitted its response to DECC's consultation on "Meeting the Low Carbon Skills Challenge."
The response welcomed the development of a comprehensive low carbon skills framework but emphasised the need for the government to develop this strategy.