Issue date: 11 February 2010
The University of the West of England's Careers team is to lead one of the largest graduate internship schemes in the South West, offering employers up to £1,600 to take on recent graduates for work placements. The UWE internship programme is the result of a successful bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for funding under a government initiative announced today to support graduates impacted by the recession.
The funding will enable businesses to offer eight week placements for up to 200 graduates in sectors such as accountancy, science and engineering, hospitality, IT, legal services, marketing, media or publishing.
Each employer would pay around £50 a week towards the scheme, while the graduate receives a minimum of £250 a week in wages.
The internships are primarily aimed at unemployed graduates who qualified with an undergraduate degree in 2008 or 2009. These internships will give graduates an invaluable opportunity to gain high-quality work experience, expand their knowledge, skills and confidence, and improve their CV. Taking part in the programme will also enable them to have a competitive advantage in the job market, build up a network of useful contacts and apply knowledge gained during their studies or broaden their career options through experiencing work in a sector not directly related to their degree.
Employers will benefit from £1,600 funding to recruit a recent graduate to undertake a fixed term project. The initiative is focused on small businesses - those with under 50 employees - or any business in key growth sectors such as digital industries, low-carbon products and services, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, professional and financial services, engineering construction and the ageing society.
Taking on an intern allows businesses to try someone out who might eventually be taken on as an employee.
The Graduate Internship team at UWE will help employers to identifying a suitable project, market the vacancy to graduates they are in touch with and advertise the opportunity free of charge on the Gradsouthwest website. The team will also link employers to other services offered by UWE to support their business or recruitment needs.
• For more information on the scheme visit www.uwe.ac.uk/careers/graduateinternships/
Graduates interested in doing an internship need to Register with Gradsouthwest to look and apply for internship vacancies.
Recruiters can register a graduate internship at http://rbi.uwe.ac.uk/solutions/Internships/default.asp/
• UWE offers other services to support businesses and individuals impacted by the recession including the solutions4recession scheme.