Fuel Poverty and Affordable Warmth Intern with East Renfrewshire Council Environment Department

East Renfrewshire Council has a unique experience for a graduate intern to join their Environment Department to research Fuel Poverty and Affordable Warmth in the local area.

Location: Thornliebank
£7.85 per hour. Full-time, 35 hours per week for 12 months
Ideal start: 20 April 2015

The purpose of this role is to assist East Renfrewshire Council to gain a better understanding of how/ why/ where and to what extent fuel poverty is affecting people in the area to enable us to provide targeted advice and assistance to households most in need. In order to achieve this you will work in partnership with key stakeholders (e.g. Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Home Energy Scotland, and Energy Action Scotland) to improve household energy use and promote energy literacy.

You will use qualitative and quantitative data to inform the fuel poverty/ affordable warmth component within the Local Housing and Delivery plan and develop and deliver a suite of targeted information and guidance that will help people affected identify and implement solutions.

As an intern your key responsibility will be to provide support to the Energy Efficiency & Carbon Reduction Team and Housing Service to:

• Undertake research to identify measures / solutions etc that can practically be implemented to address fuel poverty in the local area.
• Work with ERC Funding Officer to identify / secure government and / or EU funding aimed at promoting energy efficiency and carbon reduction and to address fuel poverty, and seek to maximise resources locally.
• Improve signposting to all affected households of available advice and support to achieve affordable warmth, by developing clear referral pathways internally and amongst partner agencies.
• Incorporate additional sustainability measures where feasible in new build affordable housing developments in the area.
• Develop a design brief for an exemplar social-housing development that would address sustainable development in general and fuel poverty in particular.
• Develop and deliver awareness raising options as required (e.g. social media, drop-in events, surveys etc)
• Explore options for ‘mass or community switching’ to more favourable tariffs.
• Provide research and [limited] technical support from an energy efficiency / fuel poverty / affordable warmth perspective to – affordable housing development, regeneration activity and housing developments in the area.
• Seek solutions to data-lag and out of date data issues, including stock and property condition information etc (e.g. council housing and private sector housing)
• Contribute towards preparation of a project brief for an exemplar – sustainable – social housing development


The ideal candidate should be educated to degree level with an interest and/or background in research, the environment, policy, or related field.

To be successful you will be able to demonstrate:
• Knowledge of current legislation relevant to the post
• An understanding of the need for partnership working to achieve shared outcomes
• An understanding of the health implications related to Fuel Poverty and Affordable warmth, and how income / expenditure, social inclusion / isolation, housing conditions and choice limitations impact individuals
• An enthusiastic approach and the ability to work as part of a team
• Good IT skills – Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Microsoft Office
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience of data-analysis, preparation of reports and presentation of findings
• Confidence and tact

A Full Current Driving License is not essential but desirable.


Closing date for applications is 27 March 2015, 5pm

Interviews will take place 7 April 2015

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated. 


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