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Funding aims to attract software graduates to the north-east

Published: Friday, 24 April 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

A £2.1 billion investment from regional development agency One North East is expected to attract people to software graduate jobs in the north-east.

The cash, which was secured by the North-East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), which is developing a dedicated office space for software companies, will be used for pre-start-up support for such firms, reports the Northern Echo.

It is hoped it will help attract software graduates to the region and create awareness of the sector as a lucrative industry among youngsters from disadvantaged areas.

One North East head of European and skills strategy Lesley Calder told the news provider: "The BIC has an enviable track record as the birthplace and home of hundreds of businesses.

"They know how to support and catalyse businesses in a range of sectors, but in particular those which are innovative and need the right technical environment."

Earlier this month, it was reported by the Northern Echo that at least ten graduate jobs will be created in the north-east by the expansion of Gateshead-based games developer Eutechnyx.

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