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Outer Hebrides businesses search for graduates

15 November 2010

A project supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is offering 12 month work placements within two businesses in the Outer Hebrides for which graduates are invited to apply now.

Over the next three years small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises from across the region will be supported to employ university graduates and post-graduates for up to a year. The new employees will focus on innovative projects the businesses otherwise would not be able to progress. This gives graduates the fantastic opportunity to start their career with an exciting project that makes a real difference to the business.

The 'Talent Scotland Graduate Placement Programme' allows these businesses to tap into the latest research, theory and technological developments in their fields. So far 12 graduates have started their placements in the Highlands and Islands with a variety of organisations, e.g. a renewables charity, a games developer, an internet marketing company, a community arts organisation and a sawmill. The projects the graduates are involved in range from marketing and engineering to IT based projects.

Uig Lodge based in Timsgarry is one of the businesses taking part in the Scotland-wide initiative and is offering graduates an opportunity to gain experience working for the small but ambitious smoked salmon producer. The graduate will be involved in all areas of marketing to achieve profitable growth by raising awareness of Uig Lodge products in both the retail and food service sectors.

The successful candidate will be tasked with business development, attendance at trade shows and Christmas fairs in order to raise customer profile. They will also be involved in expanding the company's online retail operation.

Stag Bakeries is a family run bakery operating from Stornoway, offering a graduate with a marketing background a year-long placement to help develop national markets. The business has recently experienced rapid growth since their relocation and expansion. In addition, the company has actively sought to branch out into mainland markets while introducing a range of new products and packaging, principally in its biscuit ranges. The graduate will help drive this process forward by attending trade shows and enhancing customer relationships.

HIE, Scottish Enterprise (SE), Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Scottish Funding Council (SFC), TalentScotland and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service (AGCAS) have all worked together to design and deliver a programme, part-funded in the Highlands and Islands by the European Regional Development Fund, that will help stimulate business growth while providing valuable work experience for graduates.

As part of the Talent Scotland Graduate Placement Programme in the Highlands and Islands, the candidate will benefit from support from a team within HIE and also access training focused on employability and business skills, including a five day residential course.

Ruth Sime from HIE said: "The programme will provide a way for the businesses to think innovatively while giving talented graduates vital experience in a full-time job. We would like young people to take up this fantastic opportunity in the Outer Hebrides. More placements will become available over the next weeks and months across Scotland and in all sectors."

Further information about the placement programme is available from Stepanka Jurenova at placements@hient.co.uk or 01463 244 488.

All current vacancies are advertised at www.talentscotland.com/gppgraduates or refer to the university careers service job listings.

 


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