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Graduates north of the border receive finance boost from government

Filed under: News — Stephanie on September 6, 2013

The Scottish Government has invested £4.6 million into the Make Young People Your Business scheme, designed to see more graduates enter employment in the next few years. It should see many more young people fill information security vacancies and other positions sought after by job seekers coming out of university.

Alex Salmond, First Minister, revealed two additional schemes with the goal of helping graduates who are having difficulties in securing job roles.

Most of the finance will be invested into the ScotGrad programmes, which help growing businesses as well as providing opportunities to graduates.

In a bid to get both the Adopt an Intern and Graduate Recruitment programmes underway, £1.2 million has been invested. The schemes are intended to place graduates without jobs in internships or fixed positions in SMEs over the following year.

Scotland-based businesses with fewer than 50 employees will be given customised support with recruitment. The goal is to create 270 vacancies by April 2014.

Salmond explained:

“Scotland’s young people face a range of challenges in the current economic climate.

“We are determined to invest in the skills and talents of all our young people, right across the country, to help them build a more prosperous future for themselves, their families and for Scotland.”

He went on to say that the job creation will help graduates to play their part in small business growth, as well as their own career development, utilising their abilities to the full.

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