Graduates Green Up their CVs


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Posted on 09 June 2010

Graduates in the West Midlands have been greening up their credentials, by undertaking environmental placements with companies from various sectors through Project Green at Keele University.
 
In recent months, Project Green has placed over 100 graduates with over 90 companies across the West Midlands, demonstrating the commitment of West Midlands businesses in contributing towards a greener economy.

Project Green is funded by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and aims to help graduates from all degree backgrounds gain access to green collar work experience and provides extra skills from a Greening Business Module at Keele. There is no cost to the businesses where graduates are placed and previous projects have included carbon management, green training and recycling initiatives.

As well as the work experience and green training that the placements provide, Project Green has helped a significant number of graduates to secure further work on completion of their projects.

This includes Staffordshire University graduate, Tom Davenport, who undertook a seven-week placement with Stoke-on-Trent based company, Eco Energi Ltd, before being offered a permanent position within the company.

Speaking of the benefits of Project Green to graduates, Tom said: “Project Green has been fantastic for me as it gave me a good understanding of environmental management within a business, and I got a permanent, enjoyable job out of it at the end.”

Tom continued: “My plan is to remain in the renewable heating and energy sector and this job will allow me to fulfil this aim.”

Keele University now aims to place a further 70 graduates with companies over the summer months, which will help recent graduates, including those graduating this summer, to gain valuable experience within an increasingly green economy.

As well as Project Green, Keele University also place graduates with businesses in various sectors through the Project FIT scheme. Project FIT concentrates on graduate level work experience with companies from any sector who have non-environmental projects available, such as marketing and web design.

Any graduates or employers who are interested in getting involved with Project Green or Project FIT can go to: www.keele.ac.uk/internships for further details.

Chris Stone,
Press Officer,
Keele University.
Tel.: 01782 733375