“Working with Solutions for the Planet is a great opportunity for mutual learning, creating fresh ideas and providing young people with real-life business experience whilst giving them an insight into the incredible breadth of career opportunities on offer in our industry.”
Dr Martyn Kenny, Sustainability Director, Tarmac
Our work with businesses
We work with businesses primarily, but not exclusively, in the energy, waste, manufacturing, engineering and construction sectors, where there is an urgent need to both recruit and retain innovative thinkers and people with skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Giving employees the opportunity to be mentors in a dynamic learning environment, alongside young people, we see their creative and leadership skills leap forward.
Solutions for the Planet delivers an award-winning, high quality, flexible, community engagement programme. This programme allows industry to work in partnership with young people, schools and communities to generate and implement sustainable business solutions. The Big Ideas developed collaboratively by young people and their business mentors, through our core programme, are designed to improve society, the environment, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Our Business Partner Network
Solutions for the Planet does not regard its collaboration with business partners merely as a way of helping them express their Corporate Social Responsibility or of demonstrating their added Social Value. We are as interested in your long-term bottom line as you are. We believe that sustainable businesses invest in seeding their own future success.
Our Business Partners are paramount to the success of the programme and traditionally sign up for three years.
Read more about our fantastic Business Partners below.
We’re looking for companies who would like to discuss the opportunity of partnering the programme in an existing or new region.
A region usually involves four to six businesses who contribute both financial and human resource. In return companies gain significant return on investment through the benefits outlined below:
Value for your business
Business Operational Links
Building effective operational links with businesses in their industry sector.
Educating schools, teachers, parents and students about the range of career opportunities in their company thus increasing diversity in the workforce and facilitating recruitment.
Accessing innovative ideas and stimulating increased creativity within the company.
Linking schools, communities and businesses
Fostering productive links between schools, communities and businesses which are local to their operating sites.
Solutions for the Planet Ambassadors
Developing employees as Solutions for the Planet Ambassadors thus improving their own mentoring, communication, collaboration and leadership skills through volunteer hours in the programme.
Stimulating sustainability solutions within their own daily operations.
Growing a workforce for their future – developing employability skills and capabilities of local young people as the future generation of potential employees and customers. This is often locally related to sites of their long-term projects
Positive PR & Reputation
Providing a powerful vehicle for positive PR and enhanced brand reputation, locally and nationally, and demonstrating the social value added by the company.
Contacting and engaging hard-to-reach local communities in a cost-effective way, for example encouraging girls as candidates for engineering career opportunities
We craft our contribution to address your specific needs once a partnership is confirmed, such as an emphasis on stimulating innovation, or diversity within your company.
On confirming a partnership we will discuss in detail the specific requirements of your company and the impacts you would like to see as a result of participating.
Meet the mentors
Our business mentors work hard to support our teams of young people to turn their Big Ideas into achievable, beneficial and creative business plans and live projects. Over the last four years we’ve had over 100 mentors, from across our Business Partners, volunteer on the programme. We asked some of our current mentors to tell us a little bit more about themselves and what they get out of mentoring with Solutions for the Planet.