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West Midlands gets graduate internships

Published: Tuesday, 28 July 2009   Category: Work Experience

University leavers looking to find a graduate job this summer may receive help from a West Midlands scheme's plans to set up links with local businesses.

Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands is introducing a graduate internship programme which aims to help 250 degree-holders find work over the next six months, according to the Birmingham Post.

Employers will also be able to benefit from the service, filling any vacancies while gaining from the skills and fresh talent of graduates in the area.

Anyone who takes up the graduate internship will still be able to claim for Jobseeker's Allowance.

Dr Richard Hutchins, deputy chief executive of Advantage West Midlands, told the newspaper: "The West Midlands needs more graduates working in graduate level jobs in order to raise competitiveness and increase the output of the region. This project improves graduates' chances of becoming employed."

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services recently slammed the government's Graduate Talent Pool internship scheme as not enough information is being distributed about it.

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