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Graduate employment scheme launched in Dumfries and Galloway

Published: Wednesday, 27 June 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News | All Graduate job news

Graduates living in Dumfries and Galloway will get a helping hand onto the career ladder, thanks to an employment scheme launched this week.

The Graduate Experience Employment Programme is being spearheaded by Dumfries and Galloway Council who have made a commitment to boosting the job prospects of young people in the area.

Participants in the graduate scheme will get the chance to develop their knowledge, skills and experience by taking up one of ten placements that will include a piece of project work that feeds into council objectives.

Council deputy leader Brian Collins said: “We made a commitment to young people to create employment opportunities. This new scheme delivers what we said. This graduate scheme targets people from our region or who have studied for their degree in one of our universities or colleges. Our focus is on providing these opportunities for graduates in Dumfries and Galloway.”

He went onto highlight that supporting the area’s job market was high on the Council’s agenda:

“The investment that our administration has committed to is dedicated to our young people, providing them with valuable skills and increasing their employment opportunities. In doing so, we hope that companies in Dumfries and Galloway will create employment opportunities for these young people so that they will stay in our region.”

Details of the programme can be found at on the council’s website www.dumgal.gov.uk or on www.MyJobScotland.gov.uk.

The initiative adds to the growing number of graduate schemes 2012 in Scotland. Scotland also has an “Adopt an Intern” scheme, which was originally devised by independent think tank The Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP), before receiving government backing.

It will offer unemployed graduates a minimum three-month paid work experience placement with employers, which can also last up to a year. The scheme has already placed 160 graduates, 12 in the Highlands and Islands. 

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