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Sustainability Week: Creating a Greener Future

At the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group, we are passionate about sustainability and we recognise that we all have a role to support climate action to respond to the climate emergency.

We are in a unique position to influence change, to train and educate, develop values, behaviours and attitudes to influence societal change when it comes to sustainability.

This marks our first Group-wide sustainability week, celebrating our sustainability journey so far.

Welcome to Footprint

Welcome to our latest edition of our sustainability newsletter, Footprint. From the Mayor of West Yorkshire getting our students involved in forming solutions to tackle the climate change emergency, to our students hosting sustainable activities, to our own Director of Higher Education, Clare Hagerup, delivering akeynote at the Association of College’s Sustainability Conference, there's been lots of fantastic initiatives taking place across our campuses and externally.

I hope you enjoy reading about them all this newsletter.

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Monday 19th June – Business students get a glimpse of Nissan’s world-leading manufacturing plant

Higher National Diploma Business and BA (Hons) Top-Up Leadership and Management students recently attended Nissan’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability day at its world-leading manufacturing hub in Sunderland.

This involved a three hour talk and tour of the plant, which enabled students to get an insight into the Operations Management and Ethical practices and Social Responsibilities of businesses. This was particularly useful for the students for their final assignments, which will be based on resource allocation and management and sustainability in the car industry.

 Tuesday 20th June - Centre Stage at the AoC’s Sustainability Conference

Clare Hagerup, Director of Higher Education at the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group, delivered a session on ‘The Social and Cultural Pillars of Education for Sustainable Development’ at the Association of College’s Sustainability Conference in March.

Clare spoke about ESD and how it can empower learners to make informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and for society, both present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity. Clare emphasised why this should be an integral part of quality education to attendees.

Group Executive Director for Student Experience and Support, Clare Allcock and Andra Ghencea, Director of Adult Skills, also attended the conference and found it extremely beneficial.

Clare Hagerup has also been working with curriculum departments on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A trial project has taken place within selected curriculum areas to provide a baseline for action on curriculum design, sharing good practice and CPD requirements. The areas included A Levels, Arts, Care, Business, Care and Early Years, Construction, Engineering and Automotive, Digital and Computing, Hair and Beauty, Horticulture, Hospitality and Catering, Sports and Public Services (including Counselling), Teacher Education and Travel and Tourism. Work has also been done with the Group’s Pastoral team, who have been delivering a sustainability research project for our Level 3 students relating to green jobs in their area of study.

 Wednesday 21st June - Introducing the sustainability edition of our Employers’ newsletter, Engage

There’s lots to shout about in this edition of Engage, as we host our first sustainability week across our three Colleges. Sustainability is high on our agenda at the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group and that is why we are evolving our curriculum in line with the development of green skills for green jobs.

I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and finding out our latest sustainability initiatives and how we can support your business in meeting its skills needs, today and for the future.

Read the full newsletter, here.

Monday, 19 June, 2023


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