The Lancaster Environment Centre’s Graduate Consultancy Scheme is designed to provide companies access to the skills and expertise of high calibre current university postgraduates, to undertake a range of projects including the development of new products and services, assesment of environmental impacts, improved resource use efficiency and market research analysis.
The consultancy, which is free of charge to Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in certain eligible areas, represents a true win-win situation: The projects deliver real environmental benefits to the participating companies and provide students with valuable experience before they embark upon a career in the environmental field.
During the last year the graduate consultancy scheme hand-picked over 30 graduate consultants from the University’s Environmental Sciences Master’s level degree programmes to work within North West companies on a variety of company specific environmental problems and initiatives. Students are available to work with companies for either 5 weeks or 3 months, dependent upon the requirements of the project.
The scheme has proved successful in providing the environmental expertise to enable businesses to manage their environmental agendas and develop new products and services. Furthermore, the programme is free of charge to companies with less than 250 employees, turnover of less than £50 million, and located in an ERDF-eligible area.
Industries where students have added value in previous projects include:
- Food and Drink
- Renewable Energy
- Environmental Informatics
- Environmental Consultancy
- Waste Managemnet
- Contaminated Land
Gafoor Poultry Products
A short project for Gafoor Poultry Products Ltd., a halal meat processing unit based in Preston, was conducted by graduate consultant Anna Carroll, in relation to the Animal By-Product (ABP) regulations 2005. The company required assistance relating to the implementation of suitable ways of working in relation to the ABP legislation. The project made several recommendations relating to ABPs to assist with Gafoor’s commitment to full compliance with the legislation.
"LEC helped us to translate a complex new legislation into real life terms and assisted us greatly in adapting to the new legal requirements." Tahir Vaza – Managing Director, Gafoor Poultry Products Ltd.