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Our Bright Future- Welcome to the Green Economy

‘Our Bright Future- Welcome to the Green Economy’ is a 1 million pound project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Over 5 years we will engage with over 1000 young people creating hundreds of training opportunities and jobs in the green economy.

There are three strands to the project:

A six month paid work placement in the green economy for young people who face barriers to sustainable employment.
Organisations can host a young person and help support equal access to the green economy labour market:

  • The programme subsidises placements for 26 weeks, 25 hours a week at the minimum wage.
  • Aimed at young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.
  • Supports individuals who may have faced barriers to degree level education or may not have the financial backing or confidence to access a traditional internship.
  • An achievement coach provides mentoring and support throughout ensuring the placement is beneficial for both the individual and the organisation.

If you are an organisation who could host a young person, contact Sarah:


STEM workshops in secondary schools which explore the green economy and green jobs across water, waste, land and energy sectors.
If you are a London school and would like to be involved, contact:

Vocational training opportunities recruiting young people into accredited training and experience programmes.

Find out more from our young people:

Our Bright Future in Action


Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste. Funding is provided by the National Lottery Community Fund in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts.