Wirral based Energy Projects Plus, an environmental charity; recruits Biology graduate Emma Ashcroft and Planning graduate Sam Tasker, both from University of Liverpool.
EPP’s Warmer Wirral project works with a wide spectrum of groups enabling energy saving practices, typically through the use of cavity wall and loft insulation. The impact is far reaching, from helping lift elderly residents out of fuel poverty, to enabling businesses to meet their carbon footprint requirements.
So when the post of Project Officer for Performance Analysis was advertised, Sam’s degree made him the ideal candidate. His planning skills and experience of working with a local housing association to develop systems for data management could now be used in the production of reports for the Chief Executive, local councillors and large stakeholders like British Gas.
The problem for EPP was that Emma made an equally powerful case at interview for the same post. However, Emma’s unique experience of liaising with student landlords on energy saving issues meant she could apply this to developing outreach programmes targeted at residents, landlords and stakeholders – a different but complementary offering to that of Sam.
Managers at EPP were so excited about the two candidates that they decided to recruit both and create a brand new post for Emma – Project Officer for Partnerships. Emma now works with the business development officer to identify and engage various community groups, using traditional and new techniques such as social media.
Chief Executive of EPP Peter Owen could not be more enthusiastic about the help he received from Graduate to Merseyside and the impact his two young protégés are making:
“We were amazed that such talent was out there on the job market. Not only that, but we could leave most of the recruitment process in the hands of the staff at Graduate to Merseyside, including promotion, shortlisting and pre-interview checks, saving us lots of time and money.
And what we got were two bright and talented graduates, fresh from the pressurised demands of their final exams and capable of self-starting and applying themselves to research and planning. I can’t praise the Graduate to Merseyside service highly enough.”
Emma adds: “The Graduate to Merseyside service was really effective in helping us access jobs we wouldn’t have otherwise found. Staff there gave us lots of support and advice throughout the process and they’ve even followed up to see how we’re doing. It is a much more personal service than what you’d get from a recruitment agency.”
Energy Projects Plus now employs 25 full time staff, and is playing a key role in reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions. The Warmer Wirral initiative is playing its part in the wider government target to reduce carbon emissions by 34% by 2020.
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