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Graduate Opportunities    

Posted by Sarah Proudfoot | 1 comment  

Looking at the headlines in the press you would think that graduate work opportunities have completely dried up. Not true…and here are just a few examples:

BT is set to recruit more graduates as part of its newly extended 2011 graduate recruitment scheme. 133 graduates, [compared with 10 in 2010], are to be offered a two-year leadership development programme, which will provide opportunities across all BT lines of business.

Martin Thomas, BT Group Head of Recruitment, said: “It is positive news for both BT and graduates that recruitment needs have improved over the past year and we are able to invest even more in graduates.”
There are still jobs to be found in the public sector but as with most sectors you need to go that bit further to find them. The Civil Service Fast Stream, MI5 and MI6, National Government Development Programme [local government graduate programme] and the NHS have all been recruiting, although indications are that places are slightly reduced making these schemes even more competitive than before. Closing dates have now passed for some of these schemes – you’ll need to check their individual websites.

Internships for 2010 graduates are available thanks to the launch of the UWE Internships Scheme 2010/11. These eight week paid internships, designed to help recent graduates find work, have proved 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.

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.

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