The scheme will create tens of thousands of ‘Green Champions’. The idea is to fill positions with trainee facilities managers that will essentially pay for themselves; by cutting costs on building efficiency, environmentally friendly practices and a focus on sustainable business operations.
The idea is already gaining momentum, having received endorsements from successful business leaders Michelle Mone, Sir Tom Hunter, Sir Brian Souter (http://www.briansouter.com/
Sir Willie, himself looking to take on 10,000 employees, said; “We have just over one million young people unemployed. About 1.4 million businesses in the UK which are making a profit could be a part of the solution to this problem.”
The project is directly funded through Willie Haughey’s (http://www.williehaughey.com/
The millionaire is also keen to reward businesses who take on youngsters. Each company who take on a young worker will get a name-check in a hall of fame he has set up on the ‘Youth With Hope’ website. Business bosses will get an ‘H’ lapel badge to show they have hired a young person.
The initiative is inspired by Sir Willie’s growing concern about the long-term effects of unemployment on young people. He said “Having watched the London riots last year and listening to the Archbishop of Canterbury saying that the biggest dilemma we have in the UK is youth unemployment;
Sir Willie has directed attention to the ‘embarrassingly inefficient’
He believes that one of his ‘Green Champions’ working in any building larger than 25,000 sq ft could pay for themselves by implementing simple measures like making sure lights are switched off and making sure heating is not being wasted.
The initiative has already experienced success, with over 225 jobs secured before its official launch.
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