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Professional Network Opens New Doors for ‘Young’ Borderers

August 29th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

Friday 25 August was the launch of the new Scottish Borders Young Professionals (SBYP). SBYP aim to provide social opportunities for those starting their professional careers in the Borders or reestablishing themselves in a new field.

Over 90% of businesses within the Borders are small and medium-sized enterprises, Economic Profile for the Scottish Borders, (2013). With a high proportion of sole traders and micro-businesses, socialising and professional collaboration can be more challenging.

This newly established group aims to provide a free social hub for those living and working in the local area.

SBYP Chairman and YLDP 2016-17 alum, Tim Taylor commented:

Due to the rurality and sparse population of the Scottish Borders it can be really difficult for those starting their professional career to develop and maintain those all-important relationships with their peers.

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Young professionals at the SBYP launch event.

“Couple this with the fact that we have such a high amount of independently practicing professionals, and SME’s, there’s a high likelihood that those starting their career journey could end up working in solitude without sharing their fresh ideas, opinions and best practice.

“The group welcomes people not only young, but those who are in the early stages of establishing their professional career.”

SBYP Group Secretary and YLDP 2017-18 young leader, Kirsty Mills commented:

“We’re aiming to create a really inclusive group that’s open to anyone in the early stages of their career. We’ve already established a diverse community of members spanning industries including Law, Finance, Marketing etc.

 “Often people in the early stages of these career pathways have studied for 6 years or more at University or through professional accreditation. Establishing a professional career in the Borders is extremely rewarding but there’s a real need for easily accessible opportunities for people to build their professional contacts and develop friendships”.

“Whether you’re a first time graduate or someone with more life experience who’s starting a new path, we’d love to hear from you and let you know about SBYP events”.

 


More information about Scottish Borders Young Professionals can be found by visiting SBYP.co.uk or by  emailing Scotbordersyp@gmail.com.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Mary Hemingway, SBYP Treasurer via Scotbordersyp@gmail.com.

Sustainable Growth Agreement with Scottish Environment Protection Agency

July 7th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

Thursday 6 July marked an exciting milestone for the 2050 Climate Group. After being supported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for the past three years, we have embarked on a new journey with them. We are thrilled to announce that we are the third recipient of a Sustainable Growth Agreement (SGA) with SEPA. This voluntary formal agreement will create a partnership between both organisations to share and deliver environmental outcomes which help to achieve objectives set out in SEPA’s new One Planet Prosperity – Regulatory Strategy. It will also provide the 2050 Climate Group with new opportunities to influence and lead and offer new ways for young people from all backgrounds and locations in Scotland to get invovled in achieiving Scotland’s low carbon, sustainable vision.

The agreed areas for joint working between SEPA and the 2050 Climate Group include:

  • Influencing and Leadership: Both parties will work together to create opportunities for leadership that excite, interest and support all sectors of society to deliver environmental, economic and social benefits.
  • Inclusion and Decision Making: Both parties will work to ensure young people (specifically, the target 18-30 group) from all backgrounds and locations are represented in decision making.
  • International Co-operation: Both parties will commit to increasing the ability of the 2050 Climate Group to share its work internationally; gaining more action, partners and putting Scotland on the map as a place for youth leadership.
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    SEPA Chief Executive, Terry A’Hearn and 2050 Climate Group Chair, Richard Dryburgh, signing the SGA

On this partnership, SEPA Chief Executive, Terry A’Hearn said: “Scotland has set some of the most ambitious climate change targets in the world.  As we pursue these targets, we are lucky enough to have a group of young Scots who are trying to help tackle climate change.  They aren’t waiting for powerful institutions to take action.  They aren’t moaning about the dilemma their parents’ generation has left them.  They are getting on with it and creating innovation and action here in Scotland.  I am determined that, through this Sustainable Growth Agreement, SEPA will support these young Scots to do what they do best – make things happen.

Our Chairperson, Richard Dryburgh said: “The 2050 Climate Group is delighted to enter into this innovative partnership with SEPA. Our SGA offers young people from all backgrounds and all areas of Scotland the chance to lead on climate change action. We must thank SEPA for their support which has been invaluable to our organisation and an important factor in our success to date. Through this agreement, we look forward to further developing our relationship to create a more sustainable future for Scotland.

“Globally as well as nationally, climate change needs leaders to radically change our current trajectory. I firmly believe that by working together, Scotland’s future leaders will both make critical impacts now but also be connected and engaged for years to come. With this success, Scotland can be a true leadership example on the world stage.”

The 2050 Climate Group will continue to be a platform to empower young people to shape their future and lead the transition to a low carbon country. By working with SEPA, we will also be able to source new partnerships and collaborate with businesses from different sectors, ensuring that Scotland’s future are at the forefront of decision making.

The Sustainable Growth Agreement marks the beginning of our future collaboration. Working with SEPA, we will explore new ways of working together for environmental, social and economic success.

View the full SGA document signed by SEPA and 2050 Climate Group and find out how we will work together. Also see SEPA’s guiding principles document outlining the broader aims of SGAs.

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Global Recognition for Scottish Youth Climate Charity

June 5th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

Scotland’s youth climate group, the 2050 Climate Group, has been named best project in the United Kingdom in the prestigious Energy Globe Awards.

Announced on World Environment Day (5th June), the Energy Globe Awards are supported by UNESCO and in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme. The Energy Globe Awards are awarded annually to projects focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energies and the conservation of resources.

2000 submissions across over 170 countries were received with the 2050 Climate Group chosen to represent the United Kingdom by the judges. The project will be highlighted internationally by the awards to inspire action in other nations.

The 2050 Climate Group is a social movement of young professionals whose aim is to engage, educate and empower Scotland’s future leaders to take action on climate change. They do this through their Young Leaders Development Programme, a programme which combines climate change education with leadership development to provide the skills necessary for young people to lead the transformational change towards a low carbon Scotland.

The group, now 350 people strong, is aiming to extend their membership by an additional 150-200 young people each year for the next three years. The group then plan to help replicate the Young Leaders Development Programme in other countries.

As a national winner, the 2050 Climate Group have been automatically selected in the Youth category for the International Energy Globe World Award. The Energy Globe Awards is one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards broadcast all over the world. The winners share from a prize pool of 10,000 euros.

Lynette Purves, Trustee of the 2050 Climate Group, said, “We are delighted to win this award. Having incorporated only earlier this year, this award shows the huge impact we’ve made in a very short space of time, and is a real credit to all our volunteers, young leaders and supportive partners.”

Ann McKechin, ScottishPower Foundation Trustee and Executive Officer, said, “Having supported the 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme, since its inception in 2016, the ScottishPower Foundation is delighted to see them win this prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding work.”

It is fantastic to see this group of young professionals so committed to driving towards a sustainable, low carbon economy. Their dedication and passion in leading a movement of real change to address climate change echoes the Foundations commitment to the advancement of environmental protection, and is a shining example of the role that young people can play in protecting our planet for future generations”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot Awards said, “We need young people to take the lead on the environmental issues. Congratulations to the 2050 Climate Group who are now inspiring others across the world.”

For more information on our submission visit: www.energyglobe.info/unitedkingdom2017

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The 2050 Climate Group is supported by the ScottishPower Foundation, Scottish Government, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Water and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) and was established by the 2020 Climate Group and Young Scot.

For more information on the 2050 Climate Group please visit www.2050.scot

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