21st February 2011, 3:37pm
Find out what a graduate could bring to your business
A business student gives a presentation More employers in the East Midlands can now discover what a graduate could bring to their business with the expansion of the University of Lincoln’s Graduate Internship Scheme.

The University, one of the most rapidly rising higher education institutions in the country, is offering businesses in the East Midlands bursaries of £1,500 to take on a recent graduate for a minimum three month period.

The expansion of the Graduate Internship Scheme follows a successful pilot last year, when 50 Lincoln graduates were paired up with local employers.

Now the University has expanded the programme and expects to be able to provide bursaries for up to 80 internships in 2011. Eligibility has been broadened too, so it now encompasses businesses of any size, sector and location. Previously only small local businesses or larger businesses in specific sectors were included.

Mark Stow, Employment Opportunities Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for employers to find out for themselves what a graduate can offer their business.
“Whether you’re looking for help with maintaining your website, handling financial accounts or updating business systems, we can introduce you to a graduate with the right expertise and attitude to be a genuine asset to your company.
“We’ll handle most of the paperwork too, advertising your vacancy, collecting CVs and working with our academic staff to identify suitable candidates.
“We’ll also pay a £1,500 bursary for each intern, removing much of the financial risk of taking on a new team member. All we ask in return is that our graduate interns are paid at least minimum wage and are working in a graduate level role.”

The University of Lincoln was the highest riser of any UK university in The Times Good University Guide 2011. It achieved an increase in national research funding of more than 600 per cent following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and received the highest possible rating in its two recent Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) inspections. Students rated Lincoln’s courses among the best in the country for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey, with Accounting ranked number one overall.

For more information on the University of Lincoln’s Graduate Internship Scheme, please contact Mark Stow on mstow@lincoln.ac.uk or 01522 837829.
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