Green graduate programme highly commended in innovation awards


The picture shows, left to right, Frank Mills, Regional Director of BT in the WM (sponsor of Open Collaboration award/presented award), Mark Bedford, Director at Wardell Armstrong, Lucy Challinor, Keele University Employer Engagement Manager, and Lord Stafford, who presented the award.
Posted on 29 November 2010

Graduate placement programme, Project Green, involving Keele and Stoke-based environmental engineering company Wardell Armstrong, was among those shortlisted for a Lord Stafford Award in the Open Collaboration category.

The project, which was Highly Commended, allows graduates to complete a subsidised placement with a local business, while studying for a post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Business Management. So far more than 140 graduates have been placed with companies across all sectors, with Wardell Armstrong taking the role of lead private sector partner.

The programme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and match-funded by public and private sector partners.

Awards' patron, Lord Stafford, said: "The benefits of this project for both companies and graduates are obvious but it is clear that the reason for the success of Project Green is the way the private and public sector partners have worked together."

The picture shows, left to right, Frank Mills, Regional Director of BT in the WM (sponsor of Open Collaboration award/presented award), Mark Bedford, Director at Wardell Armstrong, Lucy Challinor, Keele University Employer Engagement Manager, and Lord Stafford, who presented the award.