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FSB: Small firms 'vital' for graduate jobs

Published: Tuesday, 29 September 2009   Category: Life after graduation

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said that local employers could be key to getting university leavers into graduate jobs.

Due to speak at the Labour Party Conference next week, national chairman of the organisation John Wright is expected to tell delegates that the government needs to help small businesses to offer graduate jobs to unemployed young people.

It wants to see £3 million pumped into graduate internships at smaller firms, an increase in the national minimum wage for apprentices to £123 a week and help for those looking to set up their own businesses.

John Wright, national chairman of the FSB, said: "Graduates and school leavers are entering the job market in turbulent times, yet these business men and women are crucial to the future of our economy. Small firms truly are the backbone of our economy and are ready to do their bit to help stimulate the economy."

Writing for the Mirror, Instant Offices founder Rob Hamilton recently claimed that despite the economic conditions at the moment, it would be a good idea for smaller enterprises to provide graduate job opportunities.


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