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Companies share the cost of graduate recruitment

Published: Thursday, 02 April 2009   Category: Life after graduation

Two employers in the south-west have taken part in a graduate scheme organised by the Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) programme, which has benefitted both companies.

Avant Garde jewellery and Country Gingham, both Truro-based businesses, have jointly employed Cassandra Manning, a Manchester Metropolitan University graduate with a communications degree, according to Business Cornwall.

Ms Manning works three days a week for the two firms and both have reported an increase in sales despite the current economic climate.

Neil Roach, business development manager at UCP, added: "When I first met Country Gingham and Avant Garde, their business growth needs were identical, and the idea of sharing a full-time graduate to manage their marketing activity was a natural one despite its unique nature."

The automotive sector is already taking advantage of graduates, according to a careers manager for the Institute of the Motors Industry, who told the Independent about the need for the industry to get the most out of university leavers.

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