StudentForce broadening city’s skills base with Peterborough Environment Graduate Scheme


Sarah Reay, graduate placed with Viridor through PEGSBack in November, the city received a further boost to its green credentials after StudentForce launched their Peterborough Environment Graduate Scheme, a fully supported graduate placement programme for the city’s environmental goods and services sector.

This innovative scheme will not only help to bring the brightest and best eco talent to the UK’s environment capital, but will support Peterborough’s inward investment aspirations and encourage high-calibre graduates to live, work and play in the city, demonstrating that Peterborough is a great location to develop as an environmental professional.

StudentForce is a national charity that works to improve the employability of young people and is hoping that the scheme will help to broaden Peterborough’s skills base by attracting more graduates and young professionals to the city.

Karl Egan, Graduate Resource Manager at StudentForce said: “Peterborough has a large and active environmental goods and services sector with over 350 businesses operating within it. An important part of maintaining and developing this sector is the recruitment of talented, environmental graduates who are keen to learn and who can offer a fresh perspective.” 

Viridor, a leading provider of waste, recycling and resource management services in the UK is just one of the companies to have discovered the benefits of using talented environmental graduates through StudentForce. Commenting on the programme and the graduate placed with them, Education Officer for Viridor, Gaye Glading said:

“Sarah’s professional and skilled approach to her work has added greatly to the project, proving that graduates are a hugely valuable asset to a company.  The whole service provided by StudentForce has been a great support and I would encourage local businesses to seize this opportunity and make the most of the talented graduates at our fingertips.”

The 12 month placements are divided into three four month stints over different organisations, meaning the scheme requires approximately 24 placements from the public, private and voluntary sector in the first year and 36 in the subsequent year.  The scheme can also be tailored to your organisations requirements if you have projects with different timeframes.

The programme is due to start this month and StudentForce is still on the hunt for participating companies, willing to take on eager graduates.

If you would like to become a founding member of the Peterborough Environment Graduate Scheme, or your keen for your company to participate in the future, please contact Karl Egan on 01572 725844 or