Young Academic can reveal that npower has launched its fifth annual hunt for the country’s top students who have the passion needed to help tackle an environmental issue in their local area and inspire people to live more sustainable lives.

With eight spaces available, the winning university teams will be joined by volunteers from npower on the trip of a lifetime to the Amazon Rainforest where they will experience the effects of climate change first hand and gain insight into the environment, resources and nature around them by living with an indigenous tribe for a week.

npower is also offering the eight winning students a summer internship where they can gain work experience across many different business areas and understand the dynamic energy industry.
Future Leaders is a competition for groups of two – four university students. To enter, students need to make a short film identifying a green project they would like to solve in either their university or local community and send their film to npower before the 10th May 2013.

The short listed teams will go on an action packed course in Dartmoor in June. The course has been specially designed to help develop team building and leadership skills, environmental knowledge and other key skills that will enable them to deliver their green projects.

These short listed teams then have six months to bring their projects to life using the skills they have learnt at the outward bounds course. Future Leaders project has been designed to equip students with skills that will not only enable them to solve environmental projects, but develop employability skills which could position them ahead of their peers when making future job applications.

Kerry Riley, Graduate Recruitment Manager, said, “npower understand that graduates are a vital part of a successful business, especially in challenging times. Each year
our graduate programme looks for people to join an industry which is at the heart of the debate on sustainability – and although most places for the 2013 intake are filled, graduates can keep their eyes peeled to npowerjobs.com/graduates for applications for 2014, which should open in early autumn.”

Clare McDougall, npower’s head of education and community said, “The npower Future Leaders Challenge has been developed to find the next generation of forward thinking leaders: young people with drive and passion, committed to learning about climate change and discovering new solutions to tackle its effects.”

To apply and find out more information about the Future Leaders competition, go to npowerjobs.com/graduates/future-leaders

npower Future Leaders Key Dates:

10 May 2013 – Closing date for entries
17 May 2013 -Short listed teams will be informed
7 June – 9 June 2013 -Teambuilding Weekend in Dartmoor
5 November 2013 – Closing date for submission of completed projects
November 2013 – Final
June 2014 – Winning teams travel to the Amazon

To find out more about npower, why not take a look at the fantastic facebook page online?


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