Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

Graduate Placements Set To Help Highland Businesses Grow

19th July 2012

With more graduates than ever finding it tough to get into the workplace a new scheme to help them get a foothold into business, whilst at the same time helping Highland companies get the right kind of help to grow, launches this month.

The Highland Council Graduate Placement Programme is a work placement scheme being delivered by Business Gateway Highlands' Recruitment Service. It will help local companies fund the salary of a graduate to deliver a vital project it doesn't have the resource or time to complete itself.

Councillor Thomas Prag, Chair of Planning, Environment and Development Committee, Highland Council added: "These schemes really work. I know from personal experience of graduates who have made their mark in a business by getting this kind of toehold. Things aren't going to get any easier for local business over the next few years and the Graduate Placement Scheme is another example of how Business Gateway - through the local authority - is responding. The programme provides businesses with a great way to gain new skills whilst offering graduates a platform to shine."

Alongside a local Business Gateway adviser, two recruitment advisers will provide eligible businesses with specialist advice to help them through the funding process - from identifying a business project to highlighting the best way to advertise and recruit a graduate.

Although companies are responsible for paying the graduate's salary for the period of the project - which should last a minimum of six months and no longer than 12 - The Highland Council will fund 50 per cent of the salary up to a maximum salary of £16,300 per annum.

Donald MacKenzie, Business Gateway Service Manager said: "This new programme aims to help businesses bring on board a graduate whose sole purpose is to help that company prosper, whether it's by targeting new markets, developing new projects, increasing exports or helping companies make more effective use of ICT and e-business.

"But businesses aren't the only ones to benefit. Graduates, who have gained an HND or Degree in the last four years, and are either unemployed or employed in a role that doesn't reflect their skills, get the chance to showcase their skills, turning their knowledge into experience which could help them develop their career."

Since launching in February, the Business Gateway Highland Recruitment Service has helped create 25 jobs and has worked closely with businesses based in Caithness, Sutherland, Wester Ross, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch and Strathspey to help demystify the recruitment process.

Although queries have been varied, a great number of businesses have approached the service for advice regarding employee contracts.

Emma Gunn, Recruitment Adviser, Business Gateway said: "The Recruitment Service provides free help and support to companies who need to recruit but who are unsure where to start. We'll be taking exactly the same approach with the new Graduate Placement Programme process, giving companies the help they need when they need it every step of the way."

For find out if your business is eligible for The Highland Council's Graduate Placement Programme contact Business Gateway's Recruitment Advisers: Emma Gunn on 07867 394347,
emma.gunn@highland-opportunity.com or Marianne Ross on 07867 394346, marianne.ross@highland-opportunity.com

Business Gateway provides practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses. In 2011 Business Gateway Highland helped 365 start-up businesses and provided support to over 860 existing businesses.

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

31/7/2015
Highland Council Administration to launch new Council Programme
Highland Council's new Administration met with all elected members today to discuss their new Programme, which will be launched next week.   The Programme is based on three main themes: A Community-Led, Well-Served and a Fairer Highland.  
27/7/2015
Aird and Loch Ness Ward by election date announced
The Highland Council has announced a date for the Council's Ward 13: Aird and Loch Ness by election following the resignation of Councillor Drew Hendry (SNP).   Ward 13 is a four-member ward.  
23/7/2015
Watch out for telephone ‘disconnection scam' warns Highland Council Trading StandardsThumbnail for article : Watch out for telephone ‘disconnection scam' warns Highland Council Trading Standards
Highland Council Trading Standards have issued a warning of a new twist on previous cold call telephone scams, which has been termed as the ‘disconnection scam'.  This recent type of scam can affect both businesses and consumers.  
22/7/2015
Leader calls for pause on closure of the Inverness Police Control Room to emergency calls
LEADER of The Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has called for a pause on the decision to close the Inverness Control Room to emergency calls in December this year, pending the outcome of the national review.   Cllr Davidson attended a meeting with Police Scotland yesterday, where she was briefed on the plans to relocate the Inverness Area Control Room and Service Centre functions from Inverness to Central belt control rooms.  
14/7/2015
Councillor's resignation prompts Aird and Loch Ness Ward by-election
Following the resignation of Councillor Drew Hendry (SNP), a by-election will be held to elect a Member for The Highland Council's Ward 13: Aird and Loch Ness.   Ward 13 is a four-member ward.  
13/7/2015
Thurso and Wick Traffic Management top of the agenda for Ward Forums
Two Ward Forums are being held in Thurso and Wick on 22nd July and 29th July to discuss the traffic management in both towns and its environs.  Members of the public will be able to have their say on how they see the management of vehicles in both towns over the coming years.  
13/7/2015
Beware of hoax lottery scam warns Highland Council Trading StandardsThumbnail for article : Beware of hoax lottery scam warns Highland Council Trading Standards
A letter sent to residents across HighlandighlandHihepifn[AT]WK ALKJ;A Llaclj;cnx claiming they have won a 'postcode lottery' is a scam.   Several people have reported the scam to Highland Council Trading Standards, many others will have realised it's a hoax and thrown the letter away but some may be more vulnerable and find themselves being tricked.  
8/7/2015
Highland Council considers UK budget statement
The Highland Council is considering the impact of the UK budget statement by the Chancellor George Osborne on 8 July 2015 in which he announced further cuts to the benefits and welfare system.   Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Margaret Davidson said: "We are currently considering the impact of the budget statement on Highland.  
7/7/2015
New Highland Primary Teachers Graduate With Online CourseThumbnail for article : New Highland Primary Teachers Graduate With Online Course
Sixteen Highland students graduated (Saturday 27 June) through the University of Aberdeen in partnership with The Highland Council following an eighteen month distance learning diploma in Primary Teaching.   The course, Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education (DLITE) is completing its inaugural session in June 2015, seeing these students enter their Probation year in Highland schools this August.  
6/7/2015
Key to future of second dedicated Gaelic School in HighlandThumbnail for article : Key to future of second dedicated Gaelic School in Highland
The new Head Teacher of the new Lochaber Gaelic primary school, Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, received the keys to Highland Council's second purpose built Gaelic school in the Highlands today (Friday 3 July 2015).   Frank Reid, Regional Managing Director for Robertson Construction Northern - contractors for the development at Ardgour Road in Caol - handed the keys for the property over to Head Teacher, John Joseph MacNeil, who takes up post at the start of the new term in August.  

[Printer Friendly Version]