Welcome to the Pioneers United Kingdom page!

Diversity is at the heart of the Pioneers Programme, we bring together climate change professionals with organisations from across public, private, research & not for profit backgrounds from a range of different climate change sectors. We offer the unique opportunity to collaborate across Europe, share expertise & best practice, expand networks and create new products and services in the field of the climate change.

Last years programme brought together both highly skilled professionals and innovative placements creating a successful programme and influencing the creation of greater networking, colloboration and job creation.  You can see a showcase of the 2017 programme by downloading the brochure here https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/e7c30d_c6be39b195f6421a82af4e77df0dd157.pdf

During the programme you will complete one placement (4-6 weeks, domestic or international), work in groups on real climate challenges and receive bespoke mentoring and support on transition thinking and system innovation in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Pioneers has been running in the West Midlands since 2010. Pioneers and hosts come from across the region including Loughborough, Stoke-on-Trent, Shrewsbury, Solihull, Leamington Spa, Keele, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry & Birmingham.

We are particularly proud of the breadth of organisations we work with (for group projects & placements) which include large corporates such as Mott Macdonald, key research institutions such as University of Birmingham, large public authorities including Birmingham City Council & Coventry City Council, Industry SMEs and a particularly strong uptake from not for profit / third sector including Friends of the Earth. 

Since the first intake in 2010 we have built a community of pioneers in excess of 170 professionals from a range of climate change backgrounds and levels of professional experience. If you are ready to think outside the box and make climate innovation happen then this programme is for you!

More details of the programme can be found on this website, we look forward to receiving your application!