Our Sustainability into Local Schools project will operate in schools across West Yorkshire to give young people an understanding of the sustainability challenges we face as a society and create a more sustainable future for our city. Volunteers will have the opportunity to contribute to the sustainability education of local children, help raise their aspirations and attainment, will developing key skills in an educational setting.

This year we are seeking student volunteers with some formal education on sustainability to work on a project that will scope out and develop the content of our programme ahead of a full launch in Autumn 2019. This will involve going into local school this year to test out some of the content and teaching materials that our team of volunteers develop.

What You Will Gain

  • Industry knowledge of sustainability in practice
  • Insight into effective engagement and communication methods
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Organisational skills
  • Ability to support and encourage others to perform
  • Leadership skills
  • Time and project management skills
  • Public speaking skills
  • Networking skills
  • Creative thinking skills

Volunteer Specification

To be accepted as a volunteer for Sustainability into Schools you must meet the Volunteer Specification. Volunteers should:

  • Be able to demonstrate an aptitude and commitment to working with children and young people and an understanding of the responsibility involved.
  • Be able to work both on their own initiative without direction as well as under the supervision of a teacher.
  • Be able to demonstrate good communication skills, (both oral and written) and the ability to communicate confidently in English.
  • Possess good interpersonal skills, in particular, listening skills and the ability to enthuse and motivate.
  • Have an awareness of the time commitment involved in the projects and willingness to make this commitment.
  • Be punctual and reliable.
  • Have a practical understanding of the needs and behaviour (emotional, social and intellectual) of children in their care and be able to set appropriate limits.
  • Have a commitment to and an understanding of equal opportunities and not discriminate against any child.
  • Have an understanding of the confidentiality issues involved in working with children and young people.
  • Conduct themselves at all times in a manner deemed mature and appropriate by the StudentsintoSchools and partner organisation.
  • Different StudentsintoSchools projects may require volunteers to possess particular practical skills or experience appropriate to that project.

What are the time commitments?

We are seeking volunteers who can make a regular commitment to meet with the project lead officer to develop the programme content ahead of some trial session in local schools in spring/summer.  This is likely to be 2 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Get Involved

To register to be involved in this project, log in to MyCareer and complete our application form here. We are excepting applications up to the 14th November.