Newsletter – June 2013


June 2013

This month, Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey said “The investments we’re making in low-carbon energy infrastructure, whether it’s wind, biomass engineering, solar, tidal or marine, they are all going to produce a lot of jobs.” Good point Ed. And if you’d pushed for the 2030 decarbonisation amendment in the Energy Bill this week, you would have created even more! Silly Ed.

As ever, if your organisation would like to publicly show their support for an inclusive green economy, do send us your logo to put on the East London Green Jobs Alliance website, and we will get in touch about further learning and networking opportunities.

Branch Out open info session 19 June


The Otesha Project UK are holding an open information day at Workshop 44 for people interested in their next Branch Out green jobs training course, starting June 26th.

The course provides practical skills training leading to a level 1 City & Guilds horticultural qualification (delivered by our programme partners St Mary’s Garden), an accredited environmental literacy qualificationhealthy eating and cooking, employability skills training, literacy and numeracy, financial literacy and management skills, and support to find paid employment at the end of the course. Trainees have a dedicated caseworker to support them throughout the training and beyond into employment and apprenticeships.

Applicants must be 16-25 years old, and able to travel to East London 2 days a week. Call Cecily or Tamsin on 020 3609 6763 for more info.

Hot off the press


Disappointment this week as the 2030 decarbonisation amendment to the Energy Bill was defeated by just 23 votes (equivalent to 12 MPs). Boo. This amendment was intended to reduce risk for clean energy investors, creating more jobs and speeding the transition to a low carbon economy. We can comfort ourselves with the fact it was the second largest rebellion in the coalition government’s history.

And in other news, the Green Deal has resulted in rates of cavity wall insulation plummeting by 97%. Oh.

All a bit bleak really. BUT you can submit your views to the government on how local communities can take charge of managing and generating their own energy. If you have an opinion, DO IT.

AND, you can take action with us on June 15th, Global Wind Day, and demand G8 leaders end fossil fuel subsidies, and switch some of that money to clean energy.

Climate Change and the Low Carbon Economy in London – REPORT

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The Skills for Climate Change Project, led by Newham College, released a toolkit last year for Local Authorities for developing the local low carbon sector –Climate Change and the low carbon economy in London.

An interim report on the impact of the toolkit shows that those Councils that have used the toolkit have found it useful (35%) and Councils generally have started to adopt a variety of low carbon strategies to support the local economy, with the Green Deal being a particular driver. Interesting.

Good practice case studies are apparently coming soon, and you can read the full report here.

Case Study – Branch Out


The Otesha Project’s first Branch Out cohort has had encouraging results so far – 3 trainees have already gained paid employment or apprenticeships and 1 has gained his CSCS card! Chris tells us about his experience:

“I stumbled upon this course due to my job advisor. Being unemployed and having next to no valid qualifications can make you feel like there’s a permanent brick wall. I consider myself to be an employable person, hence having work in various different sectors. The thing I like most about the course is that it’s not intensely academic and has a great balance between the classroom and practical work outdoors, plus it leaves you with enough time for day-to-day tasks.”

“I’m finding the course useful as it teaches me how there are ways I could reduce my carbon footprint and think greener even further. I initially started the course to get an official horticulture certificate so I could match the job criteria; I passed my cscs training thanks to the course and I’ve always had a green outlook and now going down the organic route of gardening, I’m figuring out how to merge the two. It’s a great course consisting of brilliant individuals who aim to better your well- being. Being on the course has improved my job opportunities and I know where I want to be in the future.”



LCRN training courses aimed at helping young people get into the workforce

Do you know 19-23 year olds who are looking for work? Are they claiming jobseekers allowance? If so, they could qualify for a fantastic range of free training courses.

Groundwork London and the London Community Resource Network have created a brand new partnership to help young people prepare for work with a range of free training courses, ranging from customer services and retail to business administration, sustainable resource management and waste management.

This brand new employment and skills training service is all about motivation and changing lives. It will help young people gain recognised qualifications and build confidence and job prospects. Course participants also receive additional support, encouragement and access to opportunities to help them find work. If you know of individuals that fit the above criteria and could benefit from this support, please contact LCRN at

And that’s it for another month! Do email us your opportunities and stories for next month’s newsletter. Send to



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