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Employ a graduate!

Published: 15th July 2010

MMU is offering £1,000 to businesses that take on a graduate for a short-term placement.

Businesses can benefit from a bright graduate mind to give their projects a fresh perspective, and an enthusiastic new member of staff.

Taking on a graduate intern is easier than you might think, and isn’t just for big businesses. There’s no red tape and it’s simple to apply.

Just apply before 30 September 2010 to ensure funding is available up to March 2011.

Graduates taken on through the scheme have:

- helped to get sidelined projects off the ground
- developed new customer initiatives
- brought new ideas and thinking to businesses
- provided a low cost way to re-assess businesses practices

Greenlight Computers, who provide IT support and outsourcing services, employed a graduate on an eight-week, part-time placement.

John Sewell, a Greenlight director, said: "When I heard about the project I thought it was a great idea; we could help someone to get a foot in the door, and they could help us with a particular project.

"Being able to hand a piece of work to a capable, educated person was great and added real value to the company. It feels good to be able to offer a helping hand to someone who’s struggling to find experience."

Employability

Graduates have been placed in every type of business, from start-ups through to global financial institutions. They have also attended a seven-day course, run by MMU and Blue Orchid, to help them maximise their talents and employability skills.

The scheme is aimed at companies with fewer than 50 employees, or sectors with more than 50 employees in the following sectors:

- Low Carbon products and service
- Digital industries
- Life sciences
- Pharmaceuticals
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Professional/Financial services
- Engineering construction
- Opportunities presented by an ageing society.

MMU and Blue Orchid also provide structured support for businesses taking on a graduate, helping them to prepare, and supporting them throughout.

For more information contact the Graduate Internship team on 0161 247 2166
or apply online at www.mmu.ac.uk/internships