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Search for Shetland graduates for Tall Ships Race event

12 July 2011

Graduates who have undertaken placements in Shetland over the last 15 years are being invited to a celebration of Shetland business and skills success at the Tall Ships Race between 21-24 July in Lerwick.

Organised by the Shetland area office of HIE, an associate sponsor of the Tall Ships Race 2011, the reception will celebrate the many achievements of past graduates in the modern Shetland economy.

Celebrating 15 years of the Graduate Placement Programme, HIE will be hosting a reception onboard the Gulden Leeuw, echoing the overall theme of the Tall Ships Races with its emphasis on young people, skills and training.

The event will also double up as a networking event for the many businesses, social enterprises and community groups that HIE is engaging with in Shetland.

Rachel Hunter, of HIE said: "Supporting graduate placements is HIE's longest running discretionary programme in Shetland and we have supported 107 graduates in 43 businesses and social enterprises over the past 15 years. It is estimated that more than two thirds of all graduates who have been placed on the programme have continued to stay and work in Shetland, with many of them now running their own businesses or having senior roles in the public and private sector."

Between 1995 and 2005 the Graduate into Fisheries programme in Shetland was able to make a significant contribution to the development of the local fisheries industry through the utilisation and skills of recent graduates.

Graduates spent a year in a host company or organisation to the mutual benefit of both. It had been recognised at that time that SME's in this sector could benefit from the range of management and technical knowledge that skills that a graduate could bring and HIE's support reduced the risk of taking on an untried graduate.

Securing their first post-university job is an important step for any graduate and HIE's programmes aim to retain talent in the area. A review which highlighted the success of the Graduate into Fisheries programme in 2005 resulted in the widening of the programme across all of Shetland's key sectors.

If you received support through the graduate placement programme and haven't received an invitation please call 01595 744906 or email

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