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Graduate work experience in West Midlands offered

Published: Wednesday, 03 June 2009   Category: Charities

An environmental charity working in the West Midlands has encouraged those having difficulty finding graduate jobs to take up a work experience placement with them.

The Black Country branch of Groundwork, which has operations all over the UK, has responded to a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development survey which found that over half of graduate recruiters were cutting back in the next three months.

According to Community Newswire, the group is offering a six-month Graduate Apprenticeship Programme in order to combat the "no experience - no job" cycle.

Some 80 per cent of volunteers with Groundwork go on to a graduate job.

Jim Martin, a 25-year-old graduate volunteer, left after finding work at Bureau Veritas in Birmingham.

He told the news provider: "I thought the placement was fantastic. The working environment was great, staff made an effort to get to know me and I felt being given the responsibility to manage projects was really important."

Johnny Rich, editor of independent student guide Push.co.uk, recently said that internships are an "excellent" way to help graduates stand out from the crowd when job hunting.


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