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Graduates handed boost by internship programme

Published: Friday, 12 February 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Over 50 universities have signed up to the government's £13.6 million fund to provide internships in small business by the end of 2010 in news that will be of interest to graduate job hunters.

The graduate internship programme, which is being promoted by the Federation of Small Businesses, provides support to small business to take on and nurture a graduate intern, in a scheme which is hoped will help place 7,000 individuals into graduate jobs.

Full pastoral care will be provided on the scheme with practical assistance provided before, during and after the internship, including mentoring, pre-employment and interview training and workshops to improve CVs.

Speaking about the scheme, prime minister Gordon Brown said: "We are committed to supporting young people as they develop in their careers, which is why we have invested over £13 million in new internships and in the training and mentoring of people taking them up.

"By backing young Britain and working with small businesses through these difficult times, we can help ensure that we secure sustainable economic growth for the future."

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