Local MSP meets Lothian Buses apprentices as they take part in pioneering sustainability skills scheme

Local MSP meets Lothian Buses apprentices as they take part in pioneering sustainability skills scheme

This week we invited Ben Macpherson, MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith and Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Net Zero, Energy and Tourism Committee to meet our client Powering Futures – a pioneering sustainability skills provider which has recently kicked off a programme with eight apprentice engineers from Scotland’s largest municipal bus company, Lothian Buses.

Powering Futures was set up in 2020 to empower the young and future workforce with the skills, critical thinking, and enthusiasm to help their organisation transition to net zero. Partnering with businesses to help them solve real-time climate change challenges, Powering Futures tasks teams of 16–25-year-olds with solving a sustainability problem set by industry or their employer and supports them in coming up with creative solutions through teamwork and climate skills.

The challenge to be tackled by the Lothian Buses apprentice engineers is reduction in the use of energy, particularly gas, across the Lothian Buses estate – with company bosses undertaking to implement the creative solutions which Challenge Programme participants come up with at the end of the process. 

Ben Macpherson MSP said: “It’s great that Powering Futures and Lothian Buses are working together to help empower the young workforce. The Challenging Programme will equip participants with key skills for their career, and also bring forward innovative, new ideas for how Lothian Buses can continue to lead in decarbonising the transport sector.” 

In exciting news for Powering Futures, they have recently been nominated for the prestigious Earthshot Award, in recognition of their work empowering young people with the skills to tackle the climate challenge. Read about it here: https://www.scotsman.com/business/pioneering-eco-friendly-scottish-entrepreneurs-achieve-prestigious-global-recognition-with-one-in-running-for-the-earthshot-prize-4461241