Education for Sustainable Development and global citizenship (ESDGC) Hub

An apprenticeship connects your individual actions to global issues, via seven Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) themes.

What is ESDGC?

ESDGC stands for Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship. Its themes are weaved through your apprenticeship.

Throughout your course, you’ll consider your place on the planet and discover how your choices and actions contribute to a global story. You’ll look at critical issues facing our economy and society, like climate change and poverty, but also consider culture and Welsh heritage. 

ESDGC will give you perspective and purpose at work. The things you do matter and make a difference, not just for you, but for people all around the world.

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An apprenticeship is all about education and personal development. Part of this education will be to learn about sustainability and citizenship issues that affect your community and the wider global population.

Sustainable Development

Lots of people will instantly think of the environment and climate change, but the actual focus of sustainable development is far broader than this.

It’s also about ensuring a strong, healthy and fair society. This means meeting the diverse needs of all people in existing and future communities, promoting personal wellbeing, social cohesion and inclusion, as well as creating equal opportunities for all.

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Global Citizenship

The promotion of citizenship is about enabling people to:

  • Make their own decisions about the matters that affect themselves and others
  • Take responsibility for their own lives, workplaces and communities
  • Increase their moral and ethical awareness

ESDGC themes

The themes under ESDGC connect global issues with the way we live and work. There’s a local and global impact of everything we do and throughout the course of your apprenticeship, you’ll discover the economic, social and environmental dimensions of your role. 

Choices and Decisions

  • Decision-making within your organisation
  • Consequences of the decisions you make
  • The role of government and how this affects you
  • Your role in your community

Climate Change

  • Greenhouse effect
  • Causes of climate change
  • Potential impacts on the way you live and work
  • The impact of your actions
  • The changes you can make

Consumption Waste

  • The renewable and non-renewable resources you use
  • How you use energy, food and water
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Your carbon footprint


  • The importance of caring for yourself and others
  • The relationship between your health and quality of life
  • Nutrition and sources of food
  • The impact of substance abuse on individuals and others

Identity Culture

  • Welsh heritage and language and how this relates to you;
  • What makes you who you are
  • How you can challenge stereotypes and discrimination

Wealth Poverty

  • Levels of wealth and poverty and the issues that affect you
  • The gap between rich and poor, locally & globally
  • Basic needs versus wants
  • Your quality of life

Natural Environment

  • What is biodiversity and how does it affect you?
  • Species which could die out in your lifetime
  • Why conservation and restoration of local habitats is important
  • The role of natural environments and their effect on your quality of life

Apprenticeship Key Themes

If you sign up for an apprenticeship in Wales, you’ll learn about key themes embedded in its curriculum. The key themes are consistent across every apprenticeship in Wales.


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