Belfast Hills are alive with environmental job opportunities!

Opportunities for environmental work on places like Carnmoney Hill will feature in a forthcoming careers initiative for young people.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 4:30 pm

The 203-acre location is covered by the Belfast Hills Partnership, which is delivering an Environmental Careers Festival, April 19 – 26.

The festival is for those who want a job in the sector, but perhaps don’t know the route to take, or even the type of roles that are out there.

As well as having grassland, wetland, wildflower meadows and ancient woodland, Carnmoney Hill is home to badgers, foxes and Irish Hare and a number of ancient features including souterrains.

The festival will make people aware of the range of opportunities in the environmental sector.

Patricia Deeney, youth development officer at the Belfast Hills Partnership, said: “The environmental job sector isn’t as well known as other sectors, so young people might not know about the variety of roles out there, or the different routes you can take into the sector.

“It is our aim that this Environmental Careers Festival will help or perhaps even ignite an interest in an otherwise unknown career path.

“The festival will take place completely online, but will include some inspiring footage of environmental work taking place on the ground in the Belfast Hills and beyond; showcasing a range of careers to illustrate the broad roles available.”

The partnership will be posting digital content across its social media platforms throughout the week in the lead up to an online environmental employability workshop on Monday, April 26. The workshop will include panellists and a live Q&A, so young people can get their questions answered.

Carnmoney Hill is covered by the partnership, which is hosting the festival.

The panel, says the organisers, will be made up of a mixture of young career professionals, who will be able to give current tips on what they found useful in starting their careers; and also staff experienced in the recruitment process, who will be able to give hints on what they look for in prospective employees.

This event is aimed primarily at people aged 18 – 25 years old, who can sign up to the workshop via the events section on the Belfast Hills website: belfasthills.org

The festival is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund’s Our Bright Future project, which is about supporting young people to lead progressive change in their communities and environment. For more information, see https://www.ourbrightfuture.co.uk/campaign/

Following the festival, a resource pack will be available to download from the Belfast Hills Partnership website.

To find out more, contact [email protected] or phone the Belfast Hills Partnership office on 028 9060 3466.

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