In October 2015, we launched the Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP) aimed at developing climate awareness and the leadership skills in 150 leaders of the next generation in the Scottish public, private and third sectors.
The aim of the YLDP is to engage, educate and empower the young leaders via the following two development streams:
Leadership Skills: communication, understanding and influencing others, inspiration, emotional intelligence, self-awareness and values.
Climate Change Impacts: understanding how climate change will impact or food, energy, transport, resource use and identifying the key system and behavioural changes needed to transition to a more sustainable way of living.
Over the course of a year, young leaders attend a series of climate change events and leadership events designed by the 2050 Climate Group. This first year of the programme explored topics related to our energy system and consumption, waste and resources and food and drink, and provided leadership training to equip young leaders with the necessary tools to influence people around them to take action.
The 2050 Climate Group sets the YLDP a series of individual and group challenges to undertake using the knowledge and skills gained from each development event. These challenges provide the opportunity for YLDP participants to practice their leadership skills in the workplace, with friends, and at the home friends. Alongside challenges, participants will learn from top professionals working across a variety of climate change related fields. Young Leaders can remain engaged with their peers through online platforms including a 2050 Members Portal, a LinkedIn Group and a Facebook Group. Additionally, after every YLDP event, a meeting place is organised so that young leaders can continue socialising and networking in a relaxed environment over drinks.