Energy graduate support

EECA Business helps large energy-using businesses to employ graduates looking to apply their training and gain experience with forward-thinking companies.

This helps businesses that do not have the dedicated resource required to analyse how energy is used, and to identify and implement savings. It also helps graduates gain hands on experience in energy management - a very transferrable skill.

While making the business more efficient and productive, this builds New Zealand’s expertise in energy efficiency and carbon emissions reduction.

What's on offer?

EECA Business can fund up to 50% of a graduate’s salary costs capped at $70,000 over two years, depending on experience and skills.

The graduate focuses on delivering energy savings or energy efficiency-related project activity for your company.

You will need to define the scope of the role or projects, such as:

  • process and energy flow mapping (energy and mass balances)
  • computer based energy modelling
  • investigating plant and process modifications, and conducting trials
  • investigating fuel switching opportunities
  • raising energy savings awareness in the business
  • assisting with project commissioning and verifying energy savings and associated carbon reduction.

Eligibility factors include:

  • The proposed investigations and employment are not business-as-usual
  • Your business has a genuine barrier to undertaking the projects without support
  • The graduate can be supported and mentored by an energy manager or similar
  • The site has an energy management plan/strategy in place
  • The role or project will deliver energy savings and carbon reduction which represent good value for government funding.

Who should apply?

Organisations that spend more than $1 million a year on energy and have high carbon emissions.

How to apply?

Contact an EECA Business Account Manager for help to prepare a business case to employ an energy graduate.