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Graduate internships open in Coventry

Published: Tuesday, 13 October 2009   Category: Life after graduation

University leavers having trouble finding a graduate job in the current climate may be able to take up an internship position in the Midlands thanks to a new scheme.

Organised by Keele University, the internship initiative will allow degree-holders to hone their soft skills on a work experience placement at firms across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands, according to the Coventry Telegraph.

Graduate job hunters can improve their CVs on the courses, which last between four weeks and six months and can offer up to 30 hours work a week.

Candidates will be unpaid but can sign up for Jobseekers Allowance and travel expenses.

Those who left university last summer can apply for the internship scheme, as well as those who have been out of higher education for a few years but are now struggling to find a graduate job due to the recession.

The Federation of Small Businesses recently said it wants to see the government invest £3 million into graduate internships at local firms as well as increase the national minimum wage for apprentices to £123 a week.


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