A Thurrock Council initiative to help local firms go green, cut back on energy consumption and help local graduates into jobs has received a welcome boost after receiving £190,000 of European Regional Development Funding.
The three-year project known as, Knowledge Thurrock Innovation Associates, will place a student or recent graduate to work within small and medium size businesses to help them tackle carbon emissions and cut back on energy waste.
Cllr Garry Hague, Leader of Thurrock Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning & Regeneration reaffirmed Thurrock Council’s commitment to tackle climate change.
He said: “This isn’t about being green for green sake. This is about leading from the front and showing community leadership by addressing real issues that impact both businesses and individuals.
“I believe there are real opportunities for business in developing a new approach to green technology to tackle environmental issues. I encourage local firms to consider the competitive edge taking part in this project can deliver.”
And Cllr Sue MacPherson, Thurrock Council’s Portfolio Holder for Life Long Learning added: “Increasing opportunities for employment for graduates is particularly important in this economic downturn and by placing them with employers will bring benefits to both the student and the business.”
The value of the project is £507,000 of which £190,000 will come from ERDF, £150,000 from Thurrock Council’s Local Authority Business Grant Initiative and the rest from match funding from the council’s Higher Education partners and local businesses.