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Government launches graduate jobs scheme

Published: Wednesday, 29 July 2009   Category: Work Experience

The Department of Work and Pensions has today (July 29th) launched a £40 million scheme to help graduates find internships and jobs in the current economic climate.

Some 20,000 additional internships for both graduates and those without a degree are expected to be created with the funds, and ministers encouraged employers to come forward to take part in the scheme.

Work and pensions minister Yvette Cooper said: "We are launching a national call to action to our fellow employers to join us in Backing Young Britain - to give every young person a job, training place, skills or work experience."

The Backing Young Britain campaign is part of the Graduate Talent Pool, the website for which also opens today, offering more than 6,000 internships for university leavers over the next few weeks.

Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands recently announced a new graduate internship scheme which aims to help university leavers land a job in the current climate, the Birmingham Post reported.

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