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Microsoft pledges to create new job opportunities in UK

Published: Monday, 17 January 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

People looking for graduate schemes in IT may find new opportunities are soon available at Microsoft.

The software giant intends to create thousands of new positions in the UK over the coming year, and is one of a number of leading companies to have recently taken part in the prime minister's summit on job creation.

Gordon Frazer, managing director of the company, which makes Windows, Office and Xbox360, said that it expects to create as many as 4,000 new jobs in Britain this year, on top of the 9,000 it has created since the launch of its Britain Works programme in 2009.

The programme is ideally suited to graduates, as it promises to provide IT training to people, as well as offering skilled apprenticeships and opportunities for entrepreneurial start-ups.

"In addition to the technical support apprenticeship, new technical sales and software development apprenticeships will launch in Spring 2011," he said.

Another multinational supporting the drive to rebalance Britain's economy is Shell, which has pledged to invest hundreds of millions of pounds into North Sea oil and gas this year, in a move that will likely lead to new graduate opportunities for engineers.

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