Businesses Benefit to Graduate Scheme

May 10, 2013 9:34 am

A new placement scheme for Ashfield & Mansfield businesses is helping companies to recruit talented graduates to take on projects, which bring real benefits to their businesses.

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The Graduates into Enterprise programme links high calibre, recent university graduates or postgraduates with employers to undertake a fixed term placement (maximum six months) in order to work on a structured business project, or specific piece of work, related to the graduate’s skills and experience and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

So far, five graduates have secured either temporary or permanent employment after taking part in this scheme.  Kathryn Lee was offered a permanent job, following a six month placement with Nottinghamshire Eco Fuels, a specialist supplier of biomass heating systems.  Kathryn, who joined the programme after graduating from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Environmental Management, was linked with the company, because of her keen interest in renewable energies and the environment.  Following a successful interview, she started work almost immediately on a six month project aimed to establish a new service offering wood fuel quality testing, as well as developing new quality management systems. She also monitored the moisture of wood over a period of time to see how it dries out.

Managing Director of Nottinghamshire Eco Fuels, Mark Thomas, who gave Kathryn one to one mentoring and training support, said: “I was delighted with Kathryn’s performance and her contribution to the business. We found the programme easy to access with minimal paperwork. I would recommend other local businesses to take a look at the Graduates into Enterprise Programme.”

Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, Cllr Kate Allsop, said: “The Graduates into Enterprise Programme is an excellent way of enabling our talented, young graduates to gain valuable work experience and the possibility of permanent job opportunities, whilst at the same time helping to boost the performance and productivity of local businesses.

“I would encourage any business, who feels that they could benefit from this programme to get in touch with the Graduates into Enterprise Team, who will discuss your project requirements with you and endeavour to identify and recruit the right graduate with the right skills for the job.”

Cllr. John Knight, Leader of Ashfield District Council commented: “This authority recognises the value of quality employment and the need to develop our communities in a way which lets them access these opportunities. Accordingly, Ashfield District Council is keen to promote and support the Graduates into Enterprise Programme.”

More case studies are available on our website and the brochure for the Graduate scheme can be found on the documents and links page.  To find out more, contact us on 01623 463327 or at:

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