Bexhill College Students Earn Eco Credentials through Department for Education Skills Accelerator Project

18 July

Bexhill College Students Earn Eco Credentials through Department for Education Skills Accelerator Project

Students at Bexhill Sixth Form College have been earning their eco credentials by taking part in a Department for Education Skills Accelerator Project. As part of this project, students completed Carbon Literacy training, providing them with the knowledge and information required for making sustainable personal and professional changes. 

The 95 students who completed this qualification are some of the very first in the country, which is a great achievement for the students themselves, as well as the wider skills requirements. The Carbon Literacy qualification is being widely recognised by employers and higher education providers as the benchmark for climate education. The qualification itself is a 10-hour modular blend of directed and self-study. Once completed, students are marked against the Carbon Literacy Trust framework and are certified as being ‘carbon literate’.

Year 12 student, Alexander Long (pictured), commented “I think it is vital more people are educated on the environmental impacts of our actions, on both a personal and community level, as it enables us to make informed decisions as to how best tackle climate change. It is through awareness and understanding that we can achieve action – the Carbon Literacy Project provides this awareness and understanding.”

Bexhill Sixth Form College is continuing its commitment to this cause by upskilling staff to embed climate education across all subject areas, as well as continuing to offer Carbon Literacy training to all students. Joshua Speer, Carbon Literacy coordinator for the college, added “we know that climate change is on the agenda, particularly for young people, and that we need to act if we are to stop the 1.5 degree warming. A recent poll of 40,000 young people showed that 95% have eco-anxiety, and as educators we have a role to play in this. This project empowers young people to make change and gives the knowledge and skills required for the green economy.”

 

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