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Funding scheme 'creating graduate jobs in Scotland'

Published: Wednesday, 19 November 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Jobseekers in Scotland are benefitting from a scheme which sees the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) pay half their wages every year.

Five businesses have so far taken up the offer of sustaining finance for the coming year, but the HIE is looking for other firms to claim a share of its £76,500 budget in a bid to create more graduate jobs.

Under the scheme, which has been operating for ten years, the HIE is aiming to create roles in the creative industries sector, energy, financial and business services, food and drink, life sciences and tourism.

HIE development officer Jem Arthur, described the programme as "a great way of attracting and retaining graduates".

One beneficiary is computing graduate John Pottinger, 22, who has secured a job with Shetland-based NB Communication through the funding scheme.

He praised the scheme, saying it had helped him secure the only local job which "ticked all the boxes" for him.

The HIE is the Scottish government's economic development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

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