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UWE receives funding for another 200 Graduate Internships

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The Careers team has been busy over the past couple of months leading one of the largest graduate internships schemes in the South West, offering employers up to £1600 to take on recent graduates for work placements. This is the result of a £320,000 bid to HEFCE for funding under a government initiative to support graduates impacted by the recession. The funding enables businesses to offer eight week placements for up to 200 graduates.

UWE have just received funding from HEFCE for another 200 internships. Since the 4th of February 2010 UWE Careers have successfully placed 130 graduates in these internships and some of these have turned in to permanent positions. Over 270 local companies have registered an interest in the scheme and over 90% of these have been small businesses. Larger organisations such as Mitsubishi, the BBC and Xerox are also getting involved.

The internships are primarily aimed at unemployed graduates who qualified with an undergraduate degree in 2008 and 2009. 2010 Graduates are now eligible to apply for the scheme and can start from 12th July 2010. All Graduates that are placed on the scheme will receive a minimum of £250 a week.

If you are a graduate or final year interested in getting an internship, or know either an employer or a graduate that would benefit from this scheme please direct them to the website or invite them to call us on 0117 32 81191.

The Employability and Enterprise Zone

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I’m Sarah, I am part of the Careers information team and part of my role is to provide a front line service for visitors to our Employability and Enterprise Zone (room 2D11) on Frenchay Campus. ‘E-Zone’ provides students and graduates with information, advice and support with numerous career related issues including finding the right career, job vacancies, work experience, volunteering, CVs, interview techniques, further study options, overseas opportunities and much more.

The information team are here to help answer students and graduates questions and refer them to the right information or resources. We have dedicated Careers Consultants available to see students daily for specialist guidance and career related issues, and a graduate jobs link team that provide information and advice about work experience, placements and graduate jobs. The jobs link team also have connections with a huge number of employers and organise employer visits to campus and our huge annual ‘Meet the Employers Fair.’

Through ‘E-Zone’ students and graduates can also learn about volunteering opportunities through ‘UWE Volunteering’ and see our ‘Global Student Support team’ that support international students through their time at UWE. Students and graduates can also come to E-Zone to use the computers and access our extensive online resources.

If you are a student or graduate in need of help, or a member of staff who would just like to know a bit more about what we do then please pop in or contact us on 0117 3282570. Watch this space for more careers related news and new projects we are working on.

Best wishes