Together Energy to recruit 100 widening access students at Strathclyde

Together Energy has committed to providing 100 new paid internships to widening access and care-experienced students as part of a partnership with the University of Strathclyde.

The company has already helped 83 students to gain part-time jobs throughout the pandemic. The new internships will support more students who rely on part-time jobs for income during their studies, who might otherwise be put off taking a place at University or who are still considering a return to education.

Together Energy has an ethical recruitment process that aims to support individuals and communities from the most challenged postcodes.

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David Hillier, Executive Dean of Strathclyde Business School, said: “We know that some potential and current students have been worried about the availability of part-time work during the pandemic, when hospitality in particular has been affected by restrictions. Our partnership with Together Energy is a great example of the fantastic support that exists.

“Employers tell us that they value Strathclyde students in particular because of the innovative, collaborative and global outlook they gain during their studies. We are delighted that Together Energy has chosen to extend this programme to recruit a further 100 Strathclyde interns.”

Chief Executive of Together Energy, Paul Richards said: “I wouldn’t have been able to pay my way through my degree without part-time work in pubs, clubs and shops. A lack of part-time hours should not be a barrier to entry to university. We are delighted to be recruiting such high-calibre staff via Strathclyde, and we believe this work experience will be valuable to the student. The staff we have brought in to date from Strathclyde, have been exceptional.”

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A wide range of mechanisms to support students 

Stephanie McKendry, Head of Access, Equality & Inclusion at the University of Strathclyde, said: “The University has a wide range of mechanisms to support students from the most challenged postcodes, and those who have experience of the care system. This is available to students from before they arrive at University until they graduate, to ease financial worries and help students focus on their studies.

Our innovative partnership with Together Energy has been a great success, helping students from widening access and care-experienced backgrounds gain work experience and paid employment that helps them to support their living and study costs.

"For many it can mean the difference between being able to continue their studies or not.

“We are looking to expand this programme with the support of other employers.”

Stephanie McKendry.