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SEEDA launches new graduate business scheme
Monday, 04 June 2007
Professional & financial services
The South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA) has announced a new graduate business scheme which aims to bring universities and local businesses into closer contact.
Business Plus will see graduate salaries subsidised by SEEDA for up to 12 months as they take up a new graduate position, and will also offer those companies involved closer access to university facilities and expertise.
The new graduate business scheme is being headed by the University of Portsmouth and will also involve eight other south-east universities, set to benefit from around £450,000 of SEEDA funding.
"Business Plus is about more than employing a graduate," commented Keith Whitelaw, business development director at the University of Portsmouth.
"The company gains access to expert knowledge and can tap into the huge resource within the university. For a company thinking about graduate recruitment, this is an opportunity to work closely with potential employees who will be acquiring skills directly relevant to an SME," added Mr Whitelaw.
Scores of universities across the country have now become involved in such graduate business schemes, aimed at both boosting funding and offering new and recent graduates a step up into the wider world of work.