Opportunities for business

There are a wide range of opportunities for businesses and individuals to get involved under My Climate Path. This project is designed to build an educational legacy from COP26 and we’d like to invite you to take part.


A summary of the different ways individuals and businesses can be part of the COP26 legacy are set out below. If you are interested in being part of one of these initiatives, or want to find out more, please complete the form below.


  1. Circular Economy Challenge 
  2. Design Engineer Construct! Virtual Work Experience 
  3. Wee Forests 
  4. Digital Critical Friends 
  5. Sustainable Fashion Festival 
  6. Earth Allies: Climate Activism Course 
  7. Online My Climate Path Learning Package 
  8. Waste in the Circular Economy SCQF Level 5
  9. Climate Heroes

Circular Economy Challenge 

A 6-8 week in-school national enterprise challenge for P5-S2 levels delivered in partnership with Young Enterprise Scotland (YES). The Circular Economy Challenge is designed to introduce the children and young people to the benefits and principles of the Circular Economy through industry case studies and interaction with Business Ambassadors. Pupils will design a 'circular' product or service where everything has value, and nothing is wasted. They will then be given the opportunity to present their ideas to a judging panel of experts as part of a Circular Competition.

Opportunities for individuals and business include:

  • Opportunity to become a Business Ambassador and engage with the schools, helping to bring the Circular Economy to life and helping pupils identify the skills they are developing with potential future job roles within the circular economy and elsewhere.
  • Opportunity to hold pitching/presenting workshops with school teams ahead of the competition.
  • Opportunity to provide prototypes/ 3D printed models/ CAD designs of the ‘circular’ product to help bring their design to life.
  • Opportunity to be on the judging panel for the competition.
  • Opportunity to provide prizes for the competition.
  • Opportunity to sponsor a school to participate in the Circular Economy Challenge.
Young Enterprise Scotland, South Rotunda, Glasgow, 29/10/21.
Circular Economy Hackathon, part of Malin Spotlight Series.
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Design Engineer Construct! Virtual Work Experience

In partnership with Class Of Your Own (COYO), creators of the award-winning Design Engineer Construct! (“DEC”) Learning Programme, pupils in S3 are being offered a free Virtual Work Experience programme week. In collaboration with McDonald’s, the pupils will be challenged to design a ‘Net Zero’ McDonald’s restaurant.

During the week, pupils will be introduced to the concept of ‘net zero’ design. They will be asked to design an inclusive, modern restaurant, with support throughout the week from industry professionals. Successful pupils will receive a “DEC CONNECT Award” endorsed certificate.

The Virtual Work Experience will inspire and raise the aspirations of young people to consider Construction and the Built Environment as a valuable career path. The learners will discover real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and maths and can access a whole range of exciting professional career pathways through strong industry and academic links.

Opportunities for individuals and business include:

  • Opportunity to provide in-kind support to the DEC programme, providing real-life examples, sharing skills in design/engineering/construction.
  • Opportunity to provide prototype/3D printed model/CAD design of the designs.
  • Opportunity to sponsor work experience placements for pupils.
shawlands dec mcdonalds - mcp website

Amy Miller, Shawlands Academy

Wee Forests

A Wee Forest is a small, tennis court-sized, densely planted, native species rich, fast growing, urban woodland in Scotland. NatureScot is developing a network of Wee Forests as part of the Tiny Forest Global Family. Planted and looked after by local people, Wee Forests can incorporate an outdoor classroom and provide opportunities for school and community engagement and long-term citizen science.

  • Wee Forests provide young people with an opportunity to tackle the ecological and climate emergency by planting and looking after their own forest in their own neighbourhood.
  • Wee Forests are a place where young people can develop their knowledge, skills and confidence; volunteer; and train for green jobs in land-based industries, community work and scientific analysis.
  • Through My Climate Path, we are working with young people to develop skills to allow them to pitch for funding and/or land to enable a Wee Forest to be built in their community.
  • We propose to utilise Young Enterprise Scotland’s existing Company Programme to support the ambition of Wee Forests across Glasgow City Region.

Opportunities for individuals and business include:

  • Opportunity for sponsorship by providing land (only tennis court sized area required - approx. 200m2) - could be in community, near a primary/secondary school/college, or on company’s land.
  • Opportunity to volunteer with planting trees alongside young people (potential for CSR days).
  • Opportunities to host pitching / public speaking workshops for young people to gain skills that can be used to help them pitch for funding or land.
  • Opportunity for full or partial financial sponsorship of a Wee Forest.
wee forest

Digital Critical Friends

In response to the Logan Review, DYW Glasgow have developed the Digital Critical Friends initiative in collaboration with ScotlandIS.  This ensures that every secondary school Glasgow City Region will have a senior tech expert from a leading technology business at their disposal – a Digital Critical Friend.

In 2020, the Logan Review looked at the Scottish technology sector and concluded that computing science should be treated as a core school subject in the same way as maths and physics. The aim for this legacy building initiative is to ensure the curriculum is industry relevant; teachers are upskilled and sector savvy; and young people have an increased awareness of digital career opportunities and what is required to get roles in this sector.

As young people become digitally literate and able to confidently compete in the digital job market, it will help reduce the attainment gap, inequality and generational poverty. By directly incorporating tech businesses within secondary schools, it is hoped there will be an increased confidence to create more entry level positions for school leavers who will have the required tech skills and motivation.

Opportunities for individuals and business include:

  • Opportunity to become a Digital Critical Friend to schools in the following local authority areas: East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, and West Dunbartonshire.
digital critical friend computer science - mcp website

Sustainable Fashion Festival

An awareness and engagement campaign around sustainable fashion will be delivered in partnership with ACS Clothing, Zero Waste Scotland, Sustainable Fashion Scotland, Circular Glasgow, University of Glasgow, New College Lanarkshire, Repair What You Wear, ApparelXChange, Glasgow Caledonian University, SHRUB Coop and others.

We are working with business, schools and the community to deliver a series of events to engage young people in the need for sustainable fashion and the career opportunities within the fashion and manufacturing industries.

There are four phases of the Sustainable Fashion Festival, we’ve completed Phase 1-3 and are currently delivering the legacy phase: 

  • Awareness:
    Raising awareness in schools and community about the impact the fashion industry has on the climate and the need for sustainable and circular fashion. 
  • Inspiration:
    Inspiring young people through tours and workshops at ACS Clothing’s facility on fashion and manufacturing career and skills pathways; upcycling and garment repair; and industry insights. 
  • Mindset Shift:
    During COP26 we held a gathering of young people, students, business and policymakers at a Sustainable Fashion Conference during COP26 to showcase Scotland’s sustainable fashion talent and make connections for future action. 
  • Legacy:
    Empowering young people to take direct action towards the sustainable fashion economy. 

Opportunities for individuals and business include: 

  • Delivering workshops on upcycling and garment repair. 
  • Providing industry insights to young people to provide inspiration on the career pathways to jobs in the fashion and manufacturing sectors. 
  • Sponsorship opportunities ranging from sponsorship of workshops/school visits, to lending sewing machines to schools or donation of material and equipment.
fashion photo - mcp website

Max Breakenridge

Earth Allies: Climate Activism Course

Earth Allies is a 12-week online climate activism course delivered by the Glasgow Science Centre. Earth Allies training aims to equip young people aged 16-24, from underserved communities, with the tools to be advocates for climate action.

The programme is empowering young people to raise awareness of the issues, mobilise others, and effectively campaign for change. Over the twelve weeks, participants are building their knowledge of the key issues while learning essential skills for activism: public speaking, online campaigning and filmmaking.

Opportunities for individuals and business include:

  • Opportunity to fully or partially sponsor a cohort on the Earth Allies course.

Online My Climate Path Learning Package

Working with The Verdancy Group, we have created a series of online learning modules covering My Climate Impact, My Climate Opportunity, and My Climate Commitment.   The learning package is will be targeted at communities and schools.

  • My Climate Impact allows young people to learn and understand their own impact on the environment, how climate change affects them, the purpose of COP26, and what their carbon footprint is.
  • My Climate Opportunity provides the learner with real life examples of the opportunities that a green and circular economy in Scotland will provide them with, including pathways to sustainable career roles and the skills needed for such roles. My Climate Opportunity will also includes a section for teachers to introduce them to the range of initiatives available under the wider My Climate Path project.
  • My Climate Commitment presents the full range of commitments that young people can choose to commit to as part of their learning journey.

Opportunities for individuals and business include:

  • Opportunity to fully or partially sponsor licences to allow additional cohorts of young people to participate in the learning package.

Waste in the Circular Economy SCQF Level 5

Delivered by The Verdancy Group, this SCQF Credit rated award provides learners with the opportunity to develop their values, attitudes and skills in relation to achieving a circular economy to protect our environment. The knowledge gained from this award will improve participants’ ability to apply their learnings to their future careers, businesses and personal development. This award contains approximately 30 hours of learning and is provided on an interactive, engaging learning platform which can be delivered wholly online or blended with support as required.

Opportunities for individuals and business include: 

  • Sponsorship of a cohort of learners to complete the Waste in the Circular Economy award. 

Climate Heroes

Climate Heroes is a DYW initiative identifies Climate Heroes from industry partners and passionate individuals to showcase the skills required for our young people to enter the jobs of the future through real-life examples.

Find out more about this initiative here.

Get involved today

We’ve already had a huge impact on Scotland’s young people through the My Climate Path initiatives, but want to engage with even more businesses to expand the educational legacy from COP26. If you are interested in being part of one of these initiatives, or want to find out more, please complete the form below.