Published: 11 September 2013 at 15:18
Anglia Ruskin wins Government funding to help businesses access graduate talent
Anglia Ruskin University has secured funding of £155,000 for a scheme designed to help the region’s SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) find, recruit and train graduate talent.
The funding, awarded by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England), will support the development of the Anglia Ruskin’s GREATS programme – Graduate Recruitment Employability And Training Supply.
GREATS aims to help SMEs access graduate talent while also assisting graduates in acquiring the workplace skills they need to flourish in their first job. The ultimate goal is to support economic growth by overcoming skills gaps in the region.
GREATS is aimed at SMEs wanting to access graduate talent but which lack the time and resources to recruit graduates and support them fully in the workplace. At the same time, GREATS can also provide training to develop the workplace skills which employers expect from new graduate recruits.
Through a range of services including an online graduate jobs board, a comprehensive graduate recruitment service, and a six-month graduate training course delivered by Anglia Ruskin, GREATS provides smaller companies with the equivalent of an in-house graduate scheme.
Dr Tony West, Director of Research, Development & Commercial Services at Anglia Ruskin, said: