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North-west graduates boosted by work experience scheme

Published: Thursday, 18 February 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Those graduates looking for a degree level job in the north-west of England may be interested to hear that the Higher Education Funding Council of England has handed over £192,000 for the Graduate Innovation Projects initiative developed by the University of Cumbria.

According to the North-West Evening Mail, employers involved in the scheme will be given £2,000 to pay for a university lever to gain experience in the workplace, which could boost the number of people finding graduate jobs in sales and recruitment.

Kevin Boles, head of enterprise at the university, told the paper: "The purpose of the graduate employability scheme is to create and retain valuable graduate jobs, which are so vital to the long-term good of the economy.

"The £2,000 wage subsidy helps manage the cash flow issue faced by many employers. We have placed 25 graduates in new jobs and demand for the new places is increasing rapidly."

Earlier this week PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) opened a new graduate job entry route which aims to target and assess candidate's capabilities beyond academic performance alone.

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