Fairtrade offerings are secured at Plymouth University thanks to Futures’ intern

A Plymouth Business School student has helped Plymouth University to renew its Fairtrade status for another two years, enhancing his employability skills in the process.

Made possible through an internship with the University’s sustainability team, the first project Kasimierz (Kasi) Jankowski, first year BA (Hons) Business Studies undergraduate, took on during his eight month term included putting an application pack together in support of the University’s Fairtrade status renewal.

Under the direction of Dr Samantha Price, Sustainability Manager at Plymouth University, Kasi set about researching the evidence required. Dr Price said:

“Every two years, we have to recertify our Fairtrade accreditation. This includes reviewing the criteria and making sure we meet each of the standards before producing and presenting an application pack. This is a key event in our calendar which requires a dedicated pair of eyes and attention to detail. Kasi has proved to be an asset to our team and committed to his work.”

The University’s Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, in partnership with local organisations and internal departments, provides these opportunities to Plymouth Business School students and Kasi applied for the role specific to Fairtrade.

During his research, Kasi identified a 70 per cent increase in sales at the University in just one year. He is now pursuing a case study on behalf of the University’s Estates and Facilities, to look at the drivers behind Fairtrade consumption on campus. He said:

“My internship has provided me with excellent employability skills from promoting and running events to leading the Fairtrade renewal project. The biggest revelation for me has been recognising my areas of strength and possible career I may pursue, which of course may include research.”

Penny Hele, Inspiring Futures Project Officer, Futures Entrepreneurship Centre said:

“This internship has been an excellent opportunity for both Kasi and Plymouth University. Kasi has worked in partnership with Dr Price to deliver projects of great value, whilst enhancing his employability skills which will benefit his studies and his future career.”