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Graduate jobs subsidies welcomed in the West Midlands

Published: Tuesday, 07 July 2009   Category: Public sector

A West Midlands MP has welcomed government plans to provide funding for paid graduate employment and training schemes.

Sylvia Heal, MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, has supported the plans, which involve European Social Fund-subsidised graduate training placements and low-cost postgraduate courses at nearby universities.

According to the Halesowen News, graduate work placements lasting up to six months will also be introduced, in which university leavers will still be able to claim Jobseeker's Allowance.

Ms Heal told the news provider: "It will hopefully encourage smaller firms who wouldn't take on graduates to do so, providing them with extra skilled staff and recent graduates with valuable work experience."

Graduate job hunters with an interest in ethical work were recently advised by the Guardian's Debbi Andalo to take advantage of the Charity Works scheme, which offers two-year placements, training and a £20,000 salary.

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