Environment Agency Grand Challenge placement (Clean Growth), Ipswich GC207


Location: Environment Agency, Iceni House, Cobham Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9JD

3 day Clean Growth Grand Challenge placements are available with the Environment Agency, supported by a £1000 bursary and two days of guided planning and reflection.

The final part of the programme is a one-day professional development experience, held 3-4 months after your placement.

This opportunity is suitable for secondary and FE teachers, with the approval of their school or college Careers Leader. 

Employer background:

The Environment Agency protects and improves the environment. They help people and wildlife adapt to climate change and reduce its impacts, including flooding, drought, sea level rise and coastal erosion. They improve the quality of our water, land and air by tackling pollution. The agency works with businesses to help them comply with environmental regulations. A healthy and diverse environment enhances people’s lives and contributes to economic growth. Working as part of the Defra group (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs), with the rest of government, local councils, businesses, civil society groups and local communities to create a better place for people and wildlife.

To find out more about their work, visit their website:  www.gov.uk/environment-agency

Facing the Grand Challenge

The agency is involved in various projects across England including flood risk works e.g. the Thames and Ipswich barrier, flood resilience engagement activities with schools, regulating waste and industry, working with water companies and responding to planning applications.       

During your placement you will spend time with departments across the business, including :Customer and Engagement, Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Asset Management, Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology, Strategy setting, site visits, meetings and outreach activities                          



A Clean Growth Grand Challenge placement with the Environment Agency will help you to:Become a Grand Challenge Careers Champion!

  • inspire your students – see first-hand the wide range of careers available to students in the environment industry
  • build strong links with an industry employer – connect with a local employer to develop staff and student experiences, with the aim of creating a longer term partnership
  • gain ideas for future collaboration (eg work experience, mentoring, speakers) and develop your own understanding to inspire your students to consider STEM careers and further study
  • enhance your advice on careers options– gain useful information about how to support students to make careers choices within STEM

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