Companies and Organisations

Why hire an intern?

Are all the intern candidates post-graduates looking for permanent jobs?

What do you charge if we decide to hire an intern for a permanent role?

Is there a limit to how many interns we can hire?

Can we choose to skip the internship and offer full time graduate roles immediately?

Can you also help us with recruitment of experienced staff?

How do we sign up for the low carbon intern programme?

Do we have to provide specific training for interns?

Should we set goals / objectives for the intern?

Do we need to guarantee a permanent job?

How much do we need to pay the intern?

Less frequently asked questions

Candidate frequently asked questions

Why hire an intern?

Intelligent, enthusiastic graduates can be deployed with great effect and very quickly too.

They can help with specific projects, or general day to day tasks or a mixture of both ‘ in short, anything that gives them good experience and adds value to you.

And best of all, you can see them in action over an extended period before deciding to offer a permanent job.

Are all the intern candidates post-graduates looking for permanent jobs?

Yes, all interns proposed will have completed their studies and be committed to finding permanent employment.

What do you charge if we decide to hire an intern for a permanent role?

We charge a fee based on a % of the annual salary offered. The quicker you offer a permanent job, the lower the fee, we think this is an attractive model.

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We’re happy to discuss bespoke proposals for higher volume campaigns.

Remember there is no fee for arranging the initial internship, so you only pay a fee if you make a permanent hire.

Is there a limit to how many interns we can hire?

No ‘ if you need multiple interns in a single intake, or a number of interns supplied through the year, that’s fine, we’re happy to help.

Can we choose to skip the internship and offer full time graduate roles immediately?

Yes of course, we have access to thousands of graduates and can help you hire the best. We’ll also give you a discount off our fee.

 

Can you also help us with recruitment of experienced staff?

YES, absolutely, we’re dedicated to recruiting for the low carbon sector and can handle most roles, typically between £20,000 – £80,000 per annum.

How do we sign up for the low carbon intern programme?

It’s simple, just email confirming you accept our terms (it’s just a one pager to make things easy).

Then let us know what you need and we’ll get started.

You can phone us and we’ll take down the details, or if you prefer you can fill in an intern requirement form (it’s a bit like a job spec/job advert).

Do we have to provide specific training for interns?

Interns are looking for personal development and this can be achieved via structured training, or by mentoring on the job, or both – it’s entirely up to you.

It’s worth thinking about what an intern will actually learn during the internship – the bigger the development opportunity, the more top applicants you will select from.

Should we set goals / objectives for the intern?

It really helps if you have some clear goals and are able to set objectives ‘ that way it’s easy to measure the intern’s progress & contribution.

Also if you know what you want to achieve, it’s easier to identify the skills required.

Do we need to guarantee a permanent job?

No ‘ but if there is a strong chance of a permanent job, you will likely get a stronger pool of applicants, and potentially more motivated interns.

 

How much do we need to pay the intern?

At least the equivalent of the minimum wage (£6.70) for the duration of the internship, and in London a bit more – the equivalent of the living wage or more (£9.15 per hour).

Pay needs to be realistic to attract quality applicants. Most graduates will be considering, where will this lead me, what will I gain long term, can I afford to do it, and how long for?

There is no maximum amount.

Less Frequently asked questions

How fast can you compile a shortlist with suitable candidates and present this to us?

Depends on the type of skills and your location, but normally 5-10 working days, unless you opt for recorded video interviews ‘ these can take can take a little longer.

 

You provide recorded video interviews?

Yes ‘ it’s an optional extra, we record a punchy 3 minute video interview which you can review as part of the selection process. This gives a vital snap shot of the candidate’s personality, aspirations and key skills.

Our regular clients love these videos as it helps them quickly assess lots of candidates very quickly.

 

Can we cancel the internship if she/he proves to be unsuccessful?

Yes, at any stage if it’s not working out, the same applies to the graduate who can decide to move on if it’s not working for them.

 

Are you going to organize the whole interview process?

Yes ‘ an account manager will work with you to clarify your requirements, co-ordinate the entire interview process for you.

 

How do you select candidates to match our requirements?

We assess CVs against essential criteria (we normally have to crunch through hundreds of C.Vs), then telephone interview the most promising applicants. We assess key attributes, skills, motivation, availability and their suitability for the role and environment.

We then compile a shortlist to submit to you ‘ usually 3-5 candidates, but it can be more or less if you prefer.

By special arrangement we can also administer bespoke assessment tests and also record video interviews with each applicant.

 

At what stage can we offer an intern a permanent full time job?

At any stage of the internship ‘ it’s up to you, but the sooner you’re able to do it, the lower our recruitment fee, so there is an incentive for you.

 

If we want to offer an intern a full time job, when do we tell you?

Please tell us immediately, we can even help with the offer process if required.

 

Can we get a part time intern?

No sorry, the programme is for full time opportunities only.

 

Can you help us with recruitment of more experienced staff?

YES, absolutely, we’re dedicated to supporting the low carbon sector and can handle most roles, typically between £20,000 – £70,000 per annum

 

Do we have to issue an employment contract to an intern?

Yes, it’s highly recommended. We can provide a template for an intern employment contract, or you can use your own standard contracts.

 

Do we have to arrange PAYE deductions for interns?

Yes, for payroll purposes just treat them as a normal employee on a short term contract.

 

How many other employers are we competing with in this programme? How many are in our industry?

The programme is in pilot mode but we intend to accept all companies with career opportunities for graduates in the low carbon sector, inevitably some firms will hire multiple graduates via this programme, others just one or two.

Early adopters will benefit from extremely high levels of support

We are ambitious on behalf of the graduates interested in the low carbon sector, our first year target is to arrange 100 + internships.

 

How extensive is your graduate database ‘ how many graduates are participating in this programme?

It’s slightly chicken and egg – the numbers of graduates is dictated by the number of exciting internships we have. But so far, we have approaching 1,000 graduates registered, and we’re actively engaging top Universities and advertising the programme widely ‘ we expect thousands of applications.

Our intern recruitment team is geared up to handle applications from up to 5,600 graduates per annum.

 

Candidates:

What type of roles does the programme offer?

All internships will be with companies actively involved in the low carbon economy.

Specific roles are available in general business support, plus specific areas like technical, commercial, sales, marketing, operations, finance.

Keep checking our website for specific internships and other graduate opportunities.

 

What is the duration of the internship?

Up to 6 months

 

Will I get offered a permanent role at the end of the internship?

That’s the objective, but we can’t guarantee it. We do ask participating companies to indicate the likelihood of a permanent job, and we’ll always be transparent about this.

Some companies simply won’t know, but the internship gives you the chance to prove you’re indispensable, and at worst the experience gained should help you nail that dream job.

 

Are all internships paid?

Yes – we require participating companies to pay at least the minimum wage (£6.70 per hour) and the equivalent of the living wage for London based roles (£9.70).

 

Will I pay tax and national insurance?

Yes most likely ‘ the company you work for will effectively treat you as a PAYE worker, so they’ll be responsible for deducting appropriate tax and national insurance contributions.

You’ll need to give them your national insurance number and bank details when you start.

Is the employer going to cover my housing/travel expenses?

Probably not in most cases as they will be paying you anyway, but some firms may offer additional benefits, so always check the details before accepting an internship.

Is my salary going to change after the internship period ends and I get offered a permanent role at the company?

Yes, most likely it will be increased in line with your new role and new responsibilities, where possible we will have an indication of the role you might be offered and the associated salary prior to the internship ‘ this won’t always be possible though.

 

What sectors within the low carbon sector are the roles within?

We represent a broad range of companies and sectors, e.g. investors, manufacturers consultancies, system integrators and project developers working in renewable energy generation, energy management & efficiency, smart grid, environmental services etc

 

Where are the roles located?

UK wide

 

Is the employer going to offer me accommodation, or assistance with finding accommodation?

No

 

How do i apply for a role?

There are two application methods:

  • Firstly, you can apply to a specific role that we are advertising on our website, as well as on a number of job boards, by uploading your CV and Cover Letter indicating your motivation for and interest in the role. If successful, a member of our team will get in touch with you. If not successful with your application for this role, we will save your details in our database and might get in touch regarding other internship opportunities in the future.
  • Secondly, you can register for the Intern Programme by filling in a Registration Form and sending this, alongside your CV, to us. We will acknowledge receipt of your application, assess your suitability for all of the roles we are currently handling, and get in touch if we can progress further with you for any of the roles. We will keep your details in our database for future opportunities.

 

Do I need to include a Cover Letter?

You need to include a Cover Letter if applying for a specific role ‘ otherwise, you only need to send your CV, alongside the filled in Registration Form.

The Registration Form will include questions on your graduation date, the date when you last university coursework was submitted, your final overall grade, the industry you’d like to work in, the type of roles you would be interested in, your location, availability for a start, flexibility regarding relocation, salary requirements, etc.

 

Is there a limit on the number of internships I get my application sent to the client?

We will not be sending your application to any client for any role without your prior knowledge and consent.

 

Is the employer going to cover my travel expenses if I get invited for an interview?

No not usually, although some firms do offer this. But never assume that expenses will be paid.

 

How does the interview process work?

We conduct the initial assessment of your application and provide a shortlist to the client who decides how to proceed.

Normally the selection of an intern mirrors the company’s normal interview process, so it can vary widely, but will usually involve a face to face interview and potentially some selection tests. We will guide you through the process and help you prepare.

 

Do I qualify for the programme?

YES ‘ if you have already graduated with a Bachelors or Masters Degree and you’re available to start full time employment in the U.K.

You are committed to a career in the low carbon economy.

You have the right to work full time without restriction in the UK and you’re a U.K resident.

Sorry this programme is not available for under graduates (until you graduate) or for people who are unable to start a career in the UK.

 

When will I receive feedback and information on available roles for which I would be suitable?

After signing up for the programme, you will receive an acknowledgement of your registration via e-mail.

We will then assess your profile against the roles that we have, and will get in touch with you if we have something suitable. If you do not hear from us 2 weeks after your registration, assume that we do not have suitable roles for you at the moment.

We will keep your details in our database for future roles. You can also apply for specific roles in addition to your general registration.

 

What is the minimum academic standard to participate in the programme?

Each individual client will determine specific criteria, but as we expect high volumes of applications, you’ll likely need a at least a 2.1 from a good university.

If I have not graduated from a British university, can I still sign up for the programme?

Yes as long as you are resident in the UK and able to start work without requiring a VISA.

Graduates of what type of courses are eligible for participating in the programme? (Engineering/Geography/Mathematics/Chemistry/Environmental Sciences/Renewable Energy/Business and Management/Economics and Finance/Marketing/Architecture/Construction/Energy)

 

Is participation in the programme free of charge?

Yes