Case study - 1 World Solar
A successful internship opportunity – supported by vital funding – has benefitted this budding business by increasing market knowledge and customer base.
“This is a very good scheme. Our intern fitted in very well and learned a lot. He was helping with research, came up with good ideas and had good IT skills. We would take on another intern in the future”. Jon Walker, Managing Director, 1 World Solar
About 1 World Solar
Established in 2007, 1 World Solar is a mission-led company, dedicated to reducing emissions of climate changing gases. It aims to help achieve sustainability in the UK, so that we live within the resources of the one world we all occupy. Though they think globally, they act locally, offering a range of high-quality microgeneration solutions as well as heat recovery and rainwater harvesting.
1 World Solar's challenge
Jon Walker, MD at 1 World Solar, got in touch with UWE Bristol through his on-going relationship with the Environmental iNet. He wanted to offer meaningful work experience to a student, but as a small business needed help to find the funds.
How UWE Bristol helped
The benefits of employing interns should be mutual, and the UWE Bristol team saw that 1 World Solar offered great potential as an intern employer. We suggested that they apply for our part-subsidised Undergraduate Internships scheme. The scheme helps businesses that are interested in employing interns in the UK, providing supplementary funding.
In 1 World Solar’s case, we provided £1,000 to supplement the student salary, and advertised and marketed their role.
Outcomes for 1 World Solar
1 World Solar had ten applicants, interviewed four and successfully appointed an undergraduate student. Jon feels that the internship opportunity and funding has benefitted his business by increasing his company’s market knowledge and customer base.