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[Closed] Apply now to join the Young Leaders Development Programme! Deadline August 8th, 2019.

July 15th, 2019 Posted by News, YLDP No Comment yet

Thank you for your interest in the YLDP. Applications are now closed.


Are you…

  • approx. 18-35 years old;
  • living in Scotland; and
  • interested in tackling climate change? 

Do you have…

  • a desire to develop your leadership skills;
  • a willingness to inspire others; and
  • personal drive and energy?

Introducing: 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme

We need leaders to make Scotland’s sustainable future a reality. Leadership is all about influence. You don’t need to be a chief executive or MSP to have an impact on this world. The aim of the Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP) is to give young people the leadership skills and climate change knowledge they need to take action on climate change. Now in its fourth year, we are looking for people like YOU to join the programme. The programme will kick off in September 2019 and run until April 2020 and will consist of six days of training and workshops spread over this period. Each event will be held on a Saturday in a central location. 

As a Young Leader you will:

  • Receive free leadership training from Scotland’s foremost experts;
  • Build knowledge of climate change issues and solutions in day-to-day life, business and politics;
  • Improve your communication and influencing skills;
  • Increase your confidence;
  • Build your CV with skills and experience;
  • Be part of a growing network of a diverse range of young people; and
  • Be able to inspire others to actively contribute towards taking action on climate change.

Programme structure

We believe that in order to help lead the way to a successful, sustainable future, there are three spheres of influence that must be addressed: personal, professional and political.








The six modules of the YLDP are split into three pairs to cover the three spheres of influence above (personal, professional and political). Each pair of modules has a ‘Climate Change’ module and a ‘Leadership’ module. We aim to provide you with the climate change knowledge surrounding each of the spheres of influence and then develop your leadership skills to help you take action on climate change in each of the three spheres.

Throughout the programme, there will be a focus on developing your own actions, for example persuading your mum to take the bus more, getting your local supermarket to stock more low carbon food or getting your local council to build a heat network!

The Leaders Network

On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to join our network of Young Leaders who have completed previous programmes. This is a space for networking, collaboration and taking action and will be supported by training and development opportunities.

Dates for your diary

We expect Young Leaders to commit to attending the training sessions set out below. Don’t worry – we know life sometimes gets in the way – but if you already know that you won’t be able to attend half of these dates then it might be best to wait and apply next year! 

All events will take place in central Scotland in locations with good public transport links.

Theme Event Date
Induction Thursday 5th September 2019 (evening)
Personal Climate Change Saturday 28 September 2019
Leadership Saturday 26 October 2019
Professional  Climate Change Saturday 23 November 2019
Leadership Saturday 25 January 2020
Political Climate Change Saturday 29 February 2020
Leadership Saturday 28 March 2020 

How to apply

We are pleased to offer this programme at no financial cost to participants, other than travel to each of the events (and even that we can help with – see below).

To apply, fill out this application form by 8th August @ 5pm to be in with a chance of a place on this exciting programme! If you have any questions, check the FAQs below or drop us an email at

If you have specific requirements or need alternative arrangements to this application form please contact 2050 Climate Group to discuss this further. 

Participation fund

We do not want anyone to miss out on participating in the programme simply because they can’t afford it. We therefore have some funding available that you can apply for to help cover travel costs if you make it onto the programme. We would also be happy to discuss other ways to support you if you have any other barriers to participation.


Q: What if I can’t make all the dates?

A: It might be worth considering waiting for next year’s programme. That way someone who can make all the events can join the programme this year. To get the most out of the YLDP, it is important that you can commit to attending as much of the programme as possible. Delivering the YLDP also requires significant resources, including financial costs and the time of our volunteers, staff and contributors.  It is therefore really important that the chosen applicants attend our events if the programme is going to be a success!  

Q: How will you decide who gets onto the programme?

A: We had over 330 applications for just 130 spaces last year, and we expect this year to be competitive again. We will select applicants based on the answers in their application. We are not necessarily looking for those who already know the most about climate change or who are already working in a related sector, in fact we welcome those who know very little about climate change. Our primary aim is to get a good mix of people from a range of backgrounds and differing levels of climate change knowledge. What is critical, however, is that you have a commitment to the programme, a willingness to learn and a desire to apply what you have learned by taking action. Anyone who is unsuccessful in making it onto the programme is welcome to join the three “climate change” modules, which will be open to the general public. Or you can always apply again next year. There are other ways to engage with 2050 Climate Group as well – we’ll let you know in due course.

Q: What if I live in the Hebrides / [insert far-flung Scottish place here]?

A: Climate change won’t just affect the central belt, so we would love for you to apply. Of course, you’ll need to consider if you can make it to the central belt for Saturday morning for each event. Remember, we may be able to help with your travel costs if that’s an issue.

Q: Do I already need to be a climate change guru to apply?

A: No. We are looking for a diverse range of people; all we expect is a commitment to learn and to take action.

Q: Is this all about environmental stuff?

A: Whilst the environment is massively important, climate change is relevant to all facets of society. Expect to hear about energy generation, community campaigns, infrastructure, farming, running a business and international treaties! A key part of our work is to reach a wider audience, so that is our aim for the programme.

Q: Do I need to live in Scotland to apply?

Due to our funding requirements, applicants must be living in Scotland and have a Scottish postcode to apply.

Q: Do I need to be in a position of leadership to apply?

A: A traditional image of a leader would be a politician or CEO of a business. However, we think a leader is someone who influences others and we expect people from all walks of life to be able to do that, whether you’re a farmer, doctor or youth worker (to name but a few!). The YLDP will give you all the leadership skills you need to make a change, regardless of who you are or what you do.