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Businesses encouraged to access Graduate Internship Scheme

10th March 2010

Businesses in the West Midlands are being encouraged to utilise the skills of local graduates with an extra 700 student placement opportunities now created for the region.

Aston University in Birmingham has led a successful consortium bid under the Government’s national Graduate Internship Scheme, to bring the additional placements to the West Midlands.

The internship project, run by Graduate Advantage, is designed to help recent graduates gain quality paid work experience and provide businesses with high calibre candidates, at a heavily subsidised rate.

It is open to West Midlands graduates and those students returning to the region from other HE Institutions.

Partner organisations involved in the successful bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) include Birmingham City University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University College Birmingham.

Aston Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Higson, believes the scheme will provide a timely boost to the region.

 “This successful consortium bid will bring 700 HEFCE placements to the region, the largest number of places secured in the UK. It is a great opportunity for businesses to access the skills of enthusiastic graduates, who can really contribute and make a difference to individual organisations.”

By leading the regional collaboration on this and other schemes, Aston and its partners will contribute 1200 new internships to the West Midlands economy by Sept 2010.

For further information on the HEFCE internship scheme, please contact Clara Wilcox, Placements Manager at Graduate Advantage on 0121 204 4767.

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For further information contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or email a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk.

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