Being committed to supporting the green jobs agenda, the employability skills of students, and the creation of a low-carbon economy, we're pleased to announce that Students' Green Fund has created 300 living-wage paid roles across the student movement.
Aside from opening up 35 full time roles and 22 part time roles for any potential applicants, the 25 projects have collectively created an incredible 252 roles for students. These paid roles will not only provide income for students who get more involved with their local Students' Green Fund project, but will also offer valuable sustainability employability skills, in roles which will compliment their ongoing studies.
Roles are extremely varied - ranging from leading youth groups, to managing mobile cafes, to auditing privately rented student homes, to exploring mental health issues in an outdoor learning environment. Across the Students' Green Fund projects, sustainability will be interwoven through a range of other vocational and academic skills sets, equipping graduates with the skills they need to enter into an emerging low-carbon economy.
With the Greener Alliance finding that 1/3 of all economic growth in 2011 came from the green sector - the only sector which actively grew that year - and that over 1,000,000 green jobs have been created to date, we want to make sure that we're supporting our students in an economy which is changing for the better.
The creation of employment opportunities for graduates and opening up opportunities for gaining employability skills are two of the priorities for NUS this year. Students' Green Fund's contribution to these goals is something we're incredibly proud of, as we continue to put sustainability at the heart of the student movement.