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DfE Youth Focal Points for Sustainability and Climate Change

Embedding Youth Voice in the DfE Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy
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We are working with the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure young people are supported to feed into the implementation and evaluation of the DfE’s Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, which was published in 2022.

We will work with two Youth Focal Points for Sustainability and Climate Change, aged 18-25, who will complete a two-year role to advise, evaluate, and champion the DfE Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy.

Our Focal Points hold a national and international focus respectively, which will swap after the first year. We hope that the international rep will be able to attend COP with the DfE delegation in their year with that remit, ensuring youth voice is integrated into the DfE’s wider work in this space. Both Focal Points would be supported to meet with the Minister on a quarterly basis during which time they will discuss progress against the strategy and provide feedback and constructive suggestions for improvements. Linked to those meetings, both young people will have the opportunity to shadow DfE civil servants to learn more about the ways of working in a government department. Between the quarterly meetings the Focal Points would be regularly invited to attend local and regional events as youth representatives for the strategy to collect feedback from other youth. They will also be supported to write an evaluation report of the strategy, feeding in the insights they have collected from other young people.

We are currently in the recruitment stage for our two Focal Points, please see the vacancy here.