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Graduate scheme announced by University of Ulster

Published: Thursday, 04 June 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Those looking for graduate jobs in Northern Ireland will be given a helping hand thanks to the University of Ulster, which is investing £500,000 in a new scheme.

The initiative, called Upgrade, will provide an opportunity for graduates to improve their existing knowledge and skills, making them more employable to companies.

Non-IT students looking for a graduate IT job can choose a 12-month diploma to improve their computer skills as well as gain work experience at the university.

Others will be able to take part in five-month internships while they carry out part-time postgraduate courses of their choosing, the first year of which will be funded with the money.

Richard Barnett, vice-chancellor at the university, said: "Ulster has invested half a million pounds into this new graduate scheme which focuses on providing students with a balance of work-based learning as well as academic study, enhancing their employability prospects within Northern Ireland."

First Point Recruitment recently said that it believes software development and software testing to be two "hot areas" in which IT jobs are still available, according to Onrec.com.


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