Event celebrates graduate program success

October 9, 2013 1:16 pm

A group of graduate and undergraduates have been recognised for their achievements at a celebration event after completing work placements with local employers. 

Aim Higher celebration event

The event, which was held last night (5 September) at the Summit Centre, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, celebrated the success of Ashfield & Mansfield District Councils’ Aim Higher, Graduates into Enterprise and Careers in Local Government Schemes.

Over the university summer break, 18 undergraduates completed an eight week placement through the Aim Higher Scheme in areas such as Marketing and Human Resources. Whilst six graduates have completed a six month graduate program through the Graduates into Enterprise Scheme, with five of them being offered jobs and there are currently five more graduates on placement.

The graduate and undergraduates were awarded certificates by Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, for their valuable contribution and outstanding performance during the placements. Guest speakers including Leader of Ashfield District Council Cllr Chris Baron, Paul Co-Head of DIPSU Limited and Martin Rigley of Lindhurst Engineering spoke about the importance and positive impact of graduates in the local job market.

The Aim Higher and Graduates into Enterprise Schemes are funded by the European Regional Development Fund. They aim to improve graduate retention in both Districts by linking high calibre graduate and undergraduates with local employers to carry out a paid placement and complete a specific project related to their experience, skills and interests.

The schemes have proven popular with local employers, who have enhanced their performance through a range of business benefits. This success has increased the demand for graduates and there are currently five graduate job vacancies through the Graduates into Enterprise scheme. To view the vacancies visit: www.mansfield.gov.uk/graduateopportunities.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council said: “I am extremely pleased to see the success and positive impact of these placement schemes in the local area. They are an excellent way of enabling our talented graduate and undergraduates to gain valuable experience, whilst at the same time helping to improve the performance and productivity of local businesses.”

Cllr Warren Nuttall, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Community Well-Being and Corporate Services at Ashfield District Council said: “The participants in the Schemes this year are a credit to the area and should be proud of their achievements. Retaining such capable young people is very important to the area in helping us to create a flourishing district by attracting and sustaining a diverse business community that nurtures talent and skill.”

You can find more information on these schemes on our documents & links page, alternatively you can contact us on 01623 463165 or visit our case studies section to find out how companies in Ashfield & Mansfield have benefited from the Aim Higher and Graduates into Enterprise programmes.

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