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South coast graduates handed employment boost
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Graduates based in Hampshire looking for work experience placements have been handed a boost by the news that three local universities have been awarded funding of £128,000 to create 80 internships in the Hampshire area by the end of 2010.
This scheme could be beneficial for both employers and graduates in the area by providing intelligent and well-qualified graduates to eager workplaces, the Southern Echo reports.
Southampton Solent University, the University of Southampton and the University of Winchester are the higher education institutions which have received the funding from the Federation of Small Businesses.
The programme's aim is to support local companies to recruit and get the most out of graduate interns across the region and Graduates Job South will shortly begin supplying a list of potential candidates to employers.
Professor Van Gore, Southampton Solent University vice-chancellor, told the paper: "This is great news. The scheme will boost graduate job prospects and help retain much needed higher skills that will benefit the region's business community."
Businesses will receive £1,350 towards an intern's salary and 60 workplaces have already expressed an interest in participating in the initiative.
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