14th March 2000

 

PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES EXPERTISE FOR SMEs

 

A partnership forged between Hull’s two universities and the Humberside TEC is giving expert help to SMEs north and south of the Humber by arranging graduate placements.

 

The Higher Education Business Network is run from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in Hull and aims to encourage the city’s students to stay in the area after graduating.

 

“Graduates frequently find it frustrating to be unable to get a job without experience, yet they can’t gain the experience unless they are offered a job,” said project officer Nicola Bailey.

 

“One way of overcoming this catch-22 situation, and at the same time providing a valuable service to local business, is to arrange work placement opportunities.

 

“Hundreds of students graduate from Hull’s two universities each year, carrying knowledge and expertise with their degrees. We would like to encourage graduates to stay in the area so that their skills and knowledge can assist business growth.”

 

Placements typically last ten weeks, during which time the company contributes half of the graduate’s salary.

 

The Higher Education Business Network is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by the Humberside TEC.

 

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Enclosed is a selection of graduate placement case studies which you may wish to highlight.

 

To contact the Higher Education Business Network call Nicola Bailey on 01482 463661 or email her at nbailey@humber.ac.uk.

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042      email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk