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By Fiona Reid
Get involved in net zero challenge

IT'S the final chance to register for this year's South of Scotland Decarbonisation Challenge, 'Fuel Change'.

It begins on Monday, September 12, and will run for 16 weeks.

Companies in Dumfries and Galloway are being called on to register their young employees and apprentices, aged 16-24 for the free initiative in which they will look for solutions to the energy crisis.

The challenge aims to encourage the development of new, innovative net zero solutions in the South of Scotland for various industries, including textiles, housing and buildings, agriculture and forestry.

The young participants get to develop their skills and become green champions who will help drive climate positive actions in the community and their workplaces.

Participants, mentors and judges are all needed.

Companies can sign up at

It is a two week commitment for the challengers involved and three to four hours commitment in 2023 for those mentoring or acting in the role of judges.

There are going to be 2 – 25 teams taking part with over 100 young people aged 16-24 in this challenge. Organisations are involved in the private sector, public authorities and 3rd sector representing the community. The participants will gain invaluable practical skills and experiences, work experience, make new work-friends, connect with employers. Bringing the workforce of the future in direct contact with the employers of the future. Opportunities exist for unemployed participants to gain part-time or full-time roles should they impress the companies they are working with on the challenge.


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