Students given opportunity to join new work scheme

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Talented young people are being urged to join a programme to help boost opportunities and retain local skills.

The appeal comes from the district councils in both Ashfield and Mansfield, which are looking for graduates and undergraduates to take up paid placements offered by both authorities as well as local businesses.

The programme, jointly funded between the district councils and Nottinghamshire County Council, links university graduates, or undergraduates, with projects relevant to their studies to undertake a fixed term placement in order to work on a specific project related to the individuals’ skills and experience.

Many have already benefited from the programme with permanent job success stories being the outcome.

Coun Dave Saunders, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “The Graduates into Enterprise Programme has proved to be a real asset to local businesses who are seeing an improvement in their performance and ultimately the bottom line as a result of the work these highly-skilled young people are doing for them.”

Coun Don Davis, deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, added: “The whole aim of the scheme is to help our business community to improve their competitiveness by harnessing local talent and ensuring we attract high-calibre employees in the Ashfield and Mansfield districts.”

For more information on the programme, email the Ashfield and Mansfield Shared Regeneration Service at Mansfield District Council at graduates@mansfield.gov.uk or visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/graduates.