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East Lancashire addresses graduate brain drain

Published: Tuesday, 15 December 2009   Category: Life after graduation

Graduate job hunters in the north-west will receive help from local businesses as part of a new initiative to address the problem of young talent deserting the area.

The University of Central Lancashire and Lancashire County Council has launched its Home Grown Graduate Scheme, which is hoped to boost graduate job prospects while helping the local economy.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, some former students will be able to take up work experience in the area and others will be recruited to visit schools and tell teenagers about the importance of a university education.

Dharma Kovvuri, acting dean of University of Central Lancashire's Lancashire Business School, told the newspaper: "This project is a great way for companies in the Burnley region to secure the services of talented graduates to work on live company issues."

Chancellor Alistair Darling recently revealed that 10,000 graduate job hunters from poor backgrounds will receive help to get onto internships in order to improve their employability.

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