Force of Nature is a new, exciting campaign that asks environmental organisations to think differently about how we diversify our workforce and boost the environment sector.
The campaign calls upon on the environmental sector to create more accessible pathways for young people and will seek to inspire young people from all backgrounds to view jobs in nature as a viable career path.
By pledging to creating more accessible career opportunities for young people, particularly those from underrepresented groups, together – we can shape the future of green careers.
Force of Nature is powered by the New to Nature programme – led by community charity, Groundwork and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Why be a Force of Nature?
Employers in the green sector must take a proactive approach to improving equality, diversity, and inclusion practices in their organisations, engaging in targeted recruitment in underrepresented communities and supporting people to acquire the required skills for careers in nature.
Doing so will not only benefit the sector, bringing unique and varied perspectives and ideas to the table, but it will transform the employment opportunities for thousands of people across the UK.
What’s more – it will help to create healthier, happier, and greener communities for us all.
How to be a Force of Nature
By signing up to be a Force of Nature, your organisation is pledging to work towards a more inclusive environmental sector by:
- Committing to an action plan designed to make our organisation more inclusive and diverse
- Adopting recruitment practices that proactively seek to address a lack of diversity in the environmental sector
- Opening up pathways for diverse talent by creating entry-level positions with prospects for career progression
Share you pledge on social media using the hashtag #ForceOfNature
Organisations that have already signed up include:
Aspire Community Works, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Buckinghamshire Conservation Trust, Collingwood Primary School, Glendale, Felixstowe’s Community Nature Reserve, Ignite Unlocking Potential, The Oxfordshire Woodland Group and Woodcraft Folk.
The below resources have been collated to help support your organisations Force of Nature journey:
Committing to an action plan designed to make our organisation more inclusive and diverse
Adopting recruitment practices that proactively seek to address a lack of diversity in the environmental sector
Opening up pathways for diverse talent by creating entry-level positions with prospects for career progression
About New to Nature
New to Nature offers new, full-time, temporary work placements in nature and landscape organisations across the UK, aiming to increase diversity and enrich the environmental sector.
Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the King’s Coronation, the programme will run until September 2024 and will provide paid work placements for at least 95 people, targeting young people from diverse backgrounds to undertake a range of environmental roles.
New to Nature is delivered through a partnership of Groundwork, The Prince’s Trust, Disability Rights UK, and Mission Diverse. We are working closely with the Youth Environmental Service to ensure the programme acts as a stepping stone for a longer-term journey of change in the sector.