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University graduate scheme to help entrepreneurs
Friday, 31 July 2009
Sales and recruitment
Graduates in Liverpool looking to set up their own businesses are to receive a helping hand from ten universities in the area.
Organised by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, the scheme will see north-west universities support those looking to avoid the current job dearth by setting up their own ventures, the Liverpool Daily Post reports.
Dr Martin Carey, chief executive of Liverpool Hope University's Business Gateway, told the newspaper: "Never has it been more important to support graduates into work and setting up businesses - they are a critical element of the country's recovery and the future of our region."
Ten enterprise fellow positions will also be created for the universities, allowing graduates to spend up to a third of their time helping the institutions generate some income for further work.
The government recently announced that 20,000 graduate and non-graduate internships could be created thanks to new funding from the Department of Work and Pensions.