Prime minister Gordon Brown reveals green job projects

Prime minister Gordon Brown has announced a collaboration with the Eden Project for green job placements for children who are "bright but not doing well at school".

Brown told the Labour Party Conference last week: "We will work with the Eden Project and May Day Network to create the biggest group of green work placements we have ever done — 10,000 green job placements — so that our young people can make the most of the opportunities the low-carbon economy will open up to them."

Eden Project foundation director Tony Kendle said the project is in conjunction with the Government's Talent & Enterprise Task Force and a pilot had been running this summer. The task force aims to promote the economic and social imperative of developing talent and skill through engaging influential networks and organisations.

Kendle told HW: "Essentially, this is about getting kids more focused on the idea that they do all have talents.

"One of the ways of finding a career is finding what your talents are. This is for kids that are bright who aren't doing well at school.

"We think the future enterprise economy is the green economy."

At the conference, Brown agreed a partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses to offer 10,000 young people new skilled internships.

A further 10,000 green work placements will be created through partnerships with the Eden Project and the Prince's May Day Network, which is the UK's largest group of businesses committed to tackling climate change.

Kendle said: "These companies, such as EDF and Skanska, are responding to climate change - sure, they're not all green now."

He added that the 10,000 placements have "only just been announced and we need to work out how it's going to work". A website is being built "kind of for careers advice".

- The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted £2.85m to seven skills projects for 220 trainees, in its Training Bursary Programme. This includes £338,000 for the Historic & Botanic Gardens Bursary Scheme (17 organisations led by English Heritage) to create 34 placements.


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