Climate KiC Pioneers Programme: Placements for Climate Professionals

The AECB acted as a host on the Climate KiC Programme in 2013 with Tim Martel as a Pioneer, working with Chief Executive, Andy Simmonds for a one month period.  

“The Pioneers programme was immensely useful to the AECB. It allowed the organisation to – in effect – interview a potentially useful individual over a month period – and much useful work was carried out on the AECBs retrofit guidance programme as result. The placement in Germany also helped cement working relations between the AECBs retrofit activities and those of the host body (PHI) and was an opportunity for new synergies to be explored. After the placement Tim was taken on to continue to work on the retrofit programme.”    (Andy Simmonds – Chief Executive AECB)

The programme is a great opportunity and is running again in 2014 with new hosts and pioneers from the Midlands currently being sought.

The Pioneers take part in two separate one month placements the first in the Midlands (April/May), the second in one of the other 6 participating EU regions (October/Nov).  Plus there is a series of interesting workshops around Transition theory (held in Birmingham) and a conference which this year will be in Valencia in October.  A wide range of placements are on offer and funding of up to €8,000 is available to all Pioneers.

Hosts get access to free professional placements, for one or both of the placement periods and with one or more Pioneers at a time.  The calibre of the Pioneers tends to be very high with many architects and energy specialists taking part. The hosts do get some choice over who they take on.

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