Discover Green Careers program introduces young people to in-demand jobs

December 15, 2020

Photo by Miranda Stewart, Discover Green Careers participant

Two of Prince’s Trust Canada’s strategic objectives are preparing young people for the future world of work and championing sustainable solutions for a green recovery. It was with great enthusiasm that we delivered our first Discover Green Careers program in November, as part of a pilot project expanding our youth employment programming to new sectors.

Over the course of two days, 19 participants (18 to 30 years old) learned about career paths in urban forestry and spoke with industry experts. Participants heard about the diversity of jobs available, trends, sector challenges, and how to pursue a career in the growing industry.

As corporations, governments, and academic institutions increasingly invest in environmental protection, new jobs and educational pathways have emerged. The forestry sector is facing an unprecedented labour shortage and our Discover program is helping educate and inspire a new generation of workers.

In lieu of the planned tree planting event, cancelled due to public health restrictions, the program ended with a photo contest. Participants were encouraged to share an image that captured the importance of green spaces and the role they played in their well-being.

The winning photo was by Miranda Stewart who said, “The mossy and thick forest make me feel hundreds of kilometres away from civilization – it is fun to share that feeling with friends. Green spaces inspire me to be present and take in the moment, to take care of my environment and my community, and to live life positively.”

A special thanks to the all the speakers and to YMCA Greater Vancouver, Project Learning Tree Canada, BC Council of Forest Industries, City of Toronto Urban Forestry, Frog Hollow, D-YES, SUCCESS, and the University of British Columbia.

For more information about our youth employment programs and our work in environmental sustainability, contact Janet McCausland.