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New work placement programme for Scottish graduates
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Graduates in Scotland have received a boost after a special work placement project was launched for businesses in rural areas of the country.
The new £2.4 million initiative will see as many as 350 higher education participants placed with companies in the Highlands and Islands regions over the next three years.
As part of the scheme, which is called the Talent Graduate Placement Programme, firms will be given funds to help pay wages and access to the latest relevant research.
"Survey figures indicate we have a lower number of graduates in the Highlands and Islands workforce than the Scottish average," said William Roe, chairman of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which has stumped up £1.37 million for the programme.
"We want more young people to see the range of opportunities that exist in the region and to stay here or return after they have finished their study to work."
Undergraduates will be offered an eight-week summer placement, while graduates will be able to capitalise on six to 12-month paid stints or placements ranging from ten to 40 weeks.
Last week, Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, warned graduates that internships often reach a point where they "could be viewed as exploitation".