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Jinal Zaveri speaks to job seekers at the Green JobsFest

Resident grows from job seeker to intern, as part of Waltham Forest Council’s jobs recovery programme

Published: 5 July 2022
Filed under: Jobs, training and skills

In October 2021, Jinal Zaveri attended a jobs fair in Walthamstow Wetlands looking for a route into the green sector. Eight months later, in June 2022, she was back at another jobs fair but this time as a stallholder.

Jinal was looking for full-time employment as part of her placement year and found out about the Green Jobs Fair through a Google search. The London Wildlife Trust, in association with Waltham Forest Council, were hoping this jobs fair would attract young people to consider getting green jobs.

At the fair, Jinal met Julie Dunn from Aston Group. Jinal said, “Aston Group attracted me because of their sincere commitment towards sustainability and how they recognise this to be an important element in their operations. I met Julie during the speed chat round and after a brief introduction about my skillset, we discussed how the company wanted to adapt sustainability to their business and how I would be a good fit for them. A few days later, I contacted her, we discussed a few formalities, and this led to me signing an internship contract.”

In January 2022, Jinal started in her role as a Junior Sustainability Intern. She said, “This has been the most fulfilling job as every day, you are working towards making a positive difference.”

Jinal’s passion for her job and the environment shines through and that is why she was asked to be a stallholder at the Green JobsFest – run by Waltham Forest Council – in June 2022. Alongside Julie, Jinali spoke to hundreds of people – with a range of ages and experience – about how to get into the green industry.

A poster at the Green JobsFest

The Green JobsFest took place in Walthamstow St James Street.

Reflecting after being on the other side of a jobs fair, Jinal said, “It was a great experience as I got to meet and network with so many interesting people. It feels good to get the opportunity to help as many people as possible to progress their careers either by encouraging them to stay in touch with us for various opportunities, or just simply giving them some advice.”

Aston Group was one of a number of green employers present at the Green JobsFest on Wednesday 29 June. Industry trailblazers spoke to attendees and shared tips on how to get a job in the green sector. There were also presentations from experts in the field at the jobs fair – which was part of London Climate Action Week. 

Jinal believes that green jobs are essential for tackling the climate emergency. She wants young people to take an interest in the sector, and for all employers to consider hiring sustainability and environment experts.

She said, “Our current climate and sustainability crisis is a daunting and difficult challenge, and we are all in this together. It is necessary for more companies and organisations to adapt sustainability, not just in theory, to facilitate a positive change, generate employment, and ensure a secure future for them too. In my opinion, green jobs will be a great advantage to employers in the long run.”