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Trust Secondary Schools Win Metro Mayor's First Green Jobs Grant

We are delighted to announce that our three secondary schools in the trust, Gordano, Backwell and Chew Valley, have been awarded a business grant to encourage young people to consider green careers.

The schools beat off stiff competition to receive the grant of £15,000 from the West of England Combined Authority led by the Metro Mayor to develop a special environmental careers programme.

Students will learn how green jobs offer an exciting and rewarding future across four weekly sessions. They will find out about the huge range of green jobs on offer from wind turbine technician roles to opportunities in green finance and get top tips on how to access useful and relevant work experience.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris visited Chew Valley School on Wednesday during his second Jobs and Skills Summit to meet some of the students from all three schools taking part.

Chew Valley School Headteacher, Gareth Beynon said: "We are delighted to be involved so significantly in this area around the environment and careers. This is so important for our young people, and we are really proud of the achievements which have been made so far. We are looking forward to working in partnership in the future to further develop our work."

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “Our amazing west of England is changing before our eyes. Jobs nobody had even thought about ten years ago are springing up, while others are rapidly changing. Take the electric car revolution or the phasing out of gas boilers and you can see in a flash that mechanics and heating engineers are going to need a completely new skills set. In my manifesto I pledged 23,000 green jobs, so I'm pleased a £45,000 cash injection from the West of England Combined Authority is helping talented young people to identify and access good-quality green jobs."