Throughout the day participants hade the opportunity to listen to talks, visit the Career Pathways Exhibition and take part in a range of interactive workshops including:
Your Business Future
Roll up, Roll up for the Future Retail Awards! Teams of students engage their creative side, developing a retail item of today (e.g. food, fashion, cosmetics) into a product fit for 2027. Working with successful businesses the teams will future proof their product - overcoming shifting consumer trends, resource scarcity, increased regulations and anything else the changing climate may throw at them. Each team will enter their product into the Future Retail Awards, and vote for the most sustainable entry, in terms of people, planet and profit.
Overall, students will gain an understanding of the choices, the opportunities and the challenges of putting environmental, social and economic sustainability at the core of business.
This workshop is delivered by Just Ideas Sustainable Solutions.
Your Future City
Calling all city shapers! This workshop involves students working in interdisciplinary teams and thinking like architects, planners, and landscapers. Students will work in teams with their business mentor to develop 2D and 3D design ideas for a neighbourhood in a future city. Designs need to show how the neighbourhood can use its buildings and spaces to maximise the amount of food grown in the city.
Students will gain an understanding of sustainable placemaking, the importance of the built environment in tackling climates change, and the interconnectedness of cities and how they are planned.
This workshop will be delivered by the Architecture Centre.
Your Energy Future
Teams of students will work with diverse businesses to develop a sustainable energy plan for Snowdonia National Park. They will investigate different forms of renewable energy and consider the relative potential of different methods for reducing consumption, including both behaviour change and technical measures.
As a result of working through these challenges students will begin to understand that when making decisions we must consider a range of factors; environmental, social and financial and, that a range of solutions will be required as the issues are diverse and complex.
The workshop is delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency.
Your Innovative Future
During this Dragon's Den style workshop leading businesses will pitch innovations, based on real industry developments, to teams of students ‘Dragons’.
After the pitches the Dragons will have the opportunity to ask questions about the innovations, before deciding how they would invest their £1,000,000 worth of (fictional) funding. Following investment, the students will offer the businesses suggestions on how they could improve their ideas.
Overall, students greatly enhanced their knowledge of the crucial role of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in creating a low carbon future.
Your Resourceful Future
During this workshop, teams of students will take on the role of local organisations. Working with professionals from these businesses they will undertake a series of challenges in order to devise a creative solution to tackle a real-life waste issue that their company is trying to address.
Overall, students will gain an understanding of the need to reduce waste across major job sectors and experience how different job roles can help to make positive changes.
The workshop is delivered by InterClimate Network.