13th September 1999

 

NEW CASH FOR BUSINESS SCHEME

 

A Humberside partnership has netted almost £200,000 in its bid to match business needs with qualified graduates.

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside seeks to continue its student care programme well after graduation - finding graduates work placements that could lead to a full-time position.

 

It is working in partnership with Humberside TEC and Hull University to ensure that small and medium sized businesses who have a gap to fill are matched with graduates who have the skills they need.

 

Graduates complete a 10-week placement which could either be a short-term project which requires their specialist knowledge or a work trial for a permanent job.

 

The new grant has come directly from the European Regional Development Fund.

 

“In a way we operate like recruitment consultants,” said project officer Nicola Gill of the university’s Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning. “Building on past projects we find out business requirements in Hull, Grimsby and Scunthorpe and put them together with graduates who have the skills to fill the gap.”

 

The partnership also works closely with Business Link Humberside.

 

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Sam Hendley

Press Officer

Marketing (Media Relations)

Tel: 01522 886042

Fax: 01522 882088

e-mail: shendley@lincoln.ac.uk