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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 YLDPRecruitment@2050.scot

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.

FAQs

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.

The 2050 Climate Group launches the second year of their Young Leaders Development Programme

May 4th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

The 2050 Climate Group is excited to announce the launch of the second Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP). Following the success of last year’s YLDP, a new intake of 132 young professionals aged 18-35 will be given the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge of climate change, equipping Scotland’s next generation of young leaders with the skill set needed to drive Scotland towards a low carbon future.

 

Richard Dryburgh, Chair of the 2050 Climate Group, said, “Last year’s inaugural Young Leaders Development Programme exceeded all of our expectations and has given us an impressive platform to build on. This year’s programme has been designed to have even bigger and better impact across our themes of engaging, educating and empowering leaders. With the support of our funders, partners and volunteers, I am very excited to begin ‘YLDP2’ so we can expand our growing network of young leaders in climate action across Scotland.”

 

The second Young Leaders Development Programme will follow a year-long programme consisting of six modules held across Scotland, as well as an Induction event and a Summit at the end of the year. The core modules cover two specific themes: improving climate change knowledge and enhancing leadership skills. Throughout the programme, participants are also encouraged to actively implement what they have learnt through a range of “actions”, which aim to provide the necessary steps to a more sustainable Scotland.  

 

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP at the induction of the Young Leaders Development Programme last Thursday, said, “It’s great to launch the second year of the Young Leaders Development Programme. I look forward to seeing this innovative programme go from strength to strength, helping us ensure that Scotland remains at the forefront of climate change action. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the 2050 Climate Group for their valuable contributions to Scotland’s action on climate change through the engagement, education and empowerment of future young leaders.

The 2050 Climate Group has been shortlisted as ‘NGO of the Year’ by BusinessGreen’s Leaders Awards 2017

May 2nd, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

The 2050 Climate Group work with young people across Scotland, engaging, educating and empowering them to take action on climate change and lead Scotland’s transition to a low carbon future. Through their Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP), the 2050 Climate Group provides climate change education and leadership training to young people, aged 18-35. It is through this programme that the group hopes to inspire young people to take action on climate change and be catalysts for change in Scotland. Last year, the group successfully ran their first year of the YLDP with 150 young leaders taking part.

The fact that the 2050 Climate Group has been shortlisted for the BusinessGreen ‘NGO of the Year’ award, part of the BusinessGreen Leader’s Awards 2017, recognises our valuable contribution to building young people’s confidence to be leaders on responding to the challenges of climate change. The Group itself is made up of students and young professionals based across Scotland volunteering their efforts to a truly energetic and purposeful movement. The 2050 Climate Group hosted Scotland’s Youth Climate Summits in 2014 and 2016, as well as represented Scotland at the UN Climate Change conferences in Paris and Marrakech the past two years.

Richard Dryburgh, Chair of the 2050 Climate Group, said “We are delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. This shows the huge impact we have made in such a short time and is a credit to our volunteers, young leaders and supportive partners. Having only incorporated earlier this year and to be nominated alongside such impressive, established organisations speaks volumes for the need for climate leadership across our generation.”

On the nomination, Ann McKechin, Trustee and Executive Officer of the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “Our charity Foundation is delighted to have financially supported the inspiring work of the 2050 Climate Group over the last two years. This nomination rightly recognises the leadership potential amongst young people in the fight against Climate Change and this innovative project will hopefully allow many more of them to reach their potential.”

Louise Macdonald, CEO of Young Scot, said: “For Scotland to become a low carbon nation, we need to look to our young leaders to inspire action on climate change. Programmes like The 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme offers excellent opportunities for young people to make their voices heard. Young people are best placed to take the lead on climate action and I’d encourage all young people who want to see a greener future for all to apply.”

View BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2017 Shortlist