Graduate intern scheme employment success with Solsoft

Issue date: 21 May 2010

Solsoft The University of the West of England Graduate Internship Scheme is making positive ripples amongst the small business community in the region.

Maggie Westgarth, Head of UWE Careers, said, “The interest in the UWE Graduate Internship scheme has been phenomenal and has enabled the university to partner up with and develop relationships with many new businesses and organisations. The eight week paid internships designed to help recent graduates find work are already proving fruitful in terms of job creation. Many of the smaller businesses who are taking part have not taken on graduates before and are seeing real benefits to their organisations. As the internships are coming to an end we are seeing many businesses creating new jobs within their organisations. It's early days but if recent indicators are anything to go by the Scheme looks like it is going to have a very significant impact on graduate employment in the region.”

As a result of UWE's outstanding success at engaging the initial interest of employers the Higher Education Funding Council has doubled the number of internships UWE can support from 200 to a total of 400.

Solsoft is one of the first businesses to offer permanent work to two UWE graduates as a direct result of UWE's Graduate Internship Scheme.

UWE + Solsoft

The Graduate Internship scheme that was launched earlier this year is already proving successful with the employment of two graduates by Solsoft Technology. Solsoft Technology, Bristol is one of the first companies to offer permanent roles to graduates from UWE's internship scheme.

The graduates, Stefan Mikic (International Business with French) and Laurence Ho (Computer Systems Engineering), will be joining the Sales Department as Internal Account Manager and the IT Service Department as an Infrastructure Support Technician respectively.

Solsoft's Managing Director Mike Ralston said, “We are delighted to be a part of the UWE Graduate Internship scheme and were so impressed with the quality of Stefan and Lawrence's work for Solsoft offering them permanent employment was the next logical step. I am sure they will maintain their very high standards of work for Solsoft and can foresee a real future for both of them with the company. I would recommend that any company gets involved with this scheme and hope to offer further internships to UWE graduates.”

Laurence Ho said, “I have enjoyed working at Solsoft very much, it has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. Working at Solsoft has given me a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and learn new skills. The internship has also allowed me to further develop what I learned at UWE. Solsoft has now offered me a permanent position and the Graduate internship has definitely been a major help, especially when it has been so difficult to find a job this year.”

Stefan Mikic said, “Whilst at Solsoft, I have had the pleasure of working in a dynamic and rewarding environment. From the very start I was given the opportunity to experience working in different business areas such as service delivery, and existing client/new customer business opportunities. The latter has been especially interesting for me personally as I am now being trusted with more responsibility and managing my own set of accounts.

“I receive constant training, support and feedback from the senior members of my team which has contributed greatly to my development. Additionally, with the type of consultancy service Solsoft offer there is always something new to do and new challenges which require a unique approach. I am glad to have been offered a new contract and am currently working on several new business opportunities which will enable me to develop my own client portfolio.”

Solsoft provide IT support and solutions to over 200 companies and charities across the South West and South Wales and are the most highly qualified Microsoft Gold Partner in the region.

For more information on UWE's Graduate Internship Scheme e-mail or register at the webpage here:


Editor's Notes

The UWE Graduate Internship scheme was launched in February 2010 to support the local economy by helping businesses to employ and train quality graduates in the region. More than 300 businesses have now registered to participate.
The Graduate Internship Scheme aims to improve the employment prospects of graduates by helping them develop industrially relevant knowledge and allow businesses to afford extra staff resources in order to undertake tasks and projects.
The scheme also develops the skills pool of existing staff within a business by allowing them to mentor and supervise graduate interns.
For more information on UWE's Graduate Internship Scheme e-mail or register at the webpage here:

Solsoft have been providing top level IT support to businesses, charities and not for profit organisations in the South West and South Wales for over ten years.

Solsoft were the first, and are the most highly qualified Microsoft Partner in the region, having attained no less than twelve Microsoft validated competencies. Solsoft also have more qualified engineers than any other IT support company in the region.

For further information on Solsoft Technology contact:

Louise Trimby. Marketing and Business Development
Direct Line: 0845 073 0920

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