Supporting young people in the community
Supporting local communities is at the heart of One Stop’s purpose and now the retailer is going one step further! One Stop has launched its own One Stop Scholarship Programme designed to provide amazing opportunities for young people from its communities and to support social mobility. Applications are now open for students hoping to enrol into university for 2022 – this is an opportunity that’s not to be missed.
The programme will provide four young people, from low-income households – studying an undergraduate degree in Online, Technology or Sustainability – with support, guidance and financial assistance throughout their university life – helping them to kick start their future career in an area they’re passionate about.
One Stop has been working in partnership with Groundwork to develop and set up the application process and criteria and follows a successful trial with two students who have currently been enrolled on the programme from 2021.
Liz Fox, Head of Sustainability & Social Responsibility at One Stop comments: “This is a really exciting proposition for us here at One Stop and for our current and future students on the programme. The programme provides opportunities not only for us as a business but also for young people looking to progress their careers within an Online, Technology or Sustainability environment, all with a leading convenience retailer.
“We’re looking for candidates to join us directly from the local communities where our stores are located. We’ll help equip them with a number of unique benefits for their career paths, which are not available through any other channel.
“For us, getting the social mobility aligned in our scholarship programme was key and working with Groundwork has enabled us to get the programme developed and up and running. We’re delighted to be welcoming our first students into the One Stop team and opening our application process for our next candidates into next year.”
The One Stop scholarship programme brings together the following elements of support:
Financial assistance: A bursary of £15,000, which will take some of the pressure off the rising costs of higher education
Paid internships: Students will receive two paid internships during their university summer holidays in the areas of Online, Technology or Sustainability, enabling them to get real life work experience
Business mentor: Mentoring support will be provided from one of the One Stop Leadership Team throughout the students’ degree and as they start their future career
Graduate role: Students will also have the opportunity to work towards a graduate role at One Stop, providing real career progression from the minute they start university
Liliana Odjo from Coventry is one of the students currently on the pilot scheme who was absolutely thrilled when she heard she had been selected. She has just entered her first year at the University of Warwick studying a four-year Masters course in Computer Science. She comments: “I couldn’t believe it when I was accepted; it really blew my mind! I started going to One Stop when I was child, and now, here I am doing their very first scholarship! I think it’s amazing the way they’re helping people in their own communities.
“I can’t say the road to get here has been easy. It took a lot of hard work to get myself here. I never felt deprived or disadvantaged growing up – I am just very lucky and proud to be here now.
“Because I’m one of the first students on the scholarship I will be working closely with One Stop’s Technology department to help develop the scheme further, so this is another really exciting aspect for me as I’ll be playing such a big part in the future of the programme. I’m also really looking forward to the internships too as I’ll be doing a lot of theory on my course which I can apply in the physical environment. I really want to make a difference as One Stop has made such a difference to me.”
Asked what her family think about her being selected, Liliana comments: “My mum has worked in the care industry all her life and has always believed in me. When I told her she said, ‘well done, work hard and don’t slack’! I think that’s pretty good advice!”
Students applying for university in 2022, who come from a lower income household, are invited to apply from Monday 1st November 2021 with the closing date being Monday 31st January 2022.
Further information can be obtained from www.onestop.co.uk/scholarships/