Green energy internships launched at international conference

Attendees of the RETS conference at Staffordshire University

STAFFORDSHIRE University has launched an internship scheme to coincide with a major international conference on green energy sources.

The scheme will see graduates working for renewable energy companies, in areas such as attracting investment and research.

It is hoped the paid, four-week internships will attract high calibre graduates with an interest in developing experience in the renewable energy sector.

Rob McKay, Client Manager within Staffordshire University’s Business School, said: “We will be looking to recruit high-quality individuals who meet the needs of the companies engaged in the programme.

“The interns will get practical, hands on expertise of working within a company, as well as working in an area that is growing rapidly now and will continue to grow in the future.”

The internship scheme will be funded jointly by the University and respective companies. They will last four weeks, during which the interns will be paid £250 a week.

The scheme is designed to help companies predominately working in the renewable energies and low carbon sector to tackle activities such as:

• Researching overseas markets
• Evaluating and improving internal processes
• Creating a marketing strategy
• Developing an investment case for a new project
• Developing HR procedures and policy

Rob added: “We believe internships will appeal particularly to smaller companies who are facing growth opportunities. The additional capacity to address mainstream business issues such as scoping new markets, addressing human resource policies ahead of a period of recruitment, or building a business case for investment can make a huge difference to moving businesses forwards.

“There are also some very positive outcomes for the University: we’re helping to develop the renewable energies sector regionally, we’re contributing to local economic growth, and we’re making a contribution to the UK green agenda.”

The internship scheme is being launched this week at the three-day Renewable Energies Transfer System (RETS) seminars, which are being funded by the European Union (EU) funding body INTERREG IVC.

The seminars, running from February 22-24, are being attended by leading experts on environmentally friendly energy sources, energy and housing company representatives, councillors and other officials from around Europe.

They will be hearing about photovoltaic policy and practice, renewable energy community projects and business support, funding for research and implementation, and the advantages of wind energy.

Conference chair Jon Fairburn, from Staffordshire University’s Business School, said: “We are interested in the whole energy supply chain; people sometimes think it is all about the technology but you also need professional services and professional skills to be developed. We are pleased to be supporting local businesses in this way.”

Local MP Tristram Hunt said: “Stoke-on-Trent is a city with an important and successful energy intensive cluster. But as we face the challenge of climate change, we have to think smarter about energy usage.

“I am delighted this influential series of seminars, looking at European streams of funding for renewable energy, is taking place at Staffordshire University. And I’m very pleased to see the University supporting regional businesses by creating internships.”

Anyone interested in hosting an internship should contact Carol Bragg, Employment Services Coordinator, Staffordshire University, on 01785 353233 or email


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