Praise for campaign to help city’s brightest students

Ian Carr, of the Business and Law department at the University of Sunderland.
Ian Carr, of the Business and Law department at the University of Sunderland.
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A Sunderland Echo-backed campaign to help the city’s talented students has received even more praise.

Ian Carr hailed our Futures Starts Here campaign as “brilliant” for highlighting businesses and the support they can offer to students.

Ian, principal lecturer for employment in the faculty of business and law at the University of Sunderland, said: “Anything that raises awareness of the opportunities for businesses to work with the student community is brilliant.”

He helps students get placements into work and “helps them get a toe in the water”.

Successes have included getting students into giant companies such as Caterpillar to one rising star becoming a manager at a small cafe. One took on the administrative work for a double glazing company in South Shields, and one finance student transformed the accounting systems for a Wearside business.

Ian said: “Getting new graduates into graduate level jobs is of huge importance to us. It is a big part of how success is measured. In the past few years, we have seen fewer jobs on offer and it becomes more difficult to prepare them well.

Futures is a big part of making sure graduates are ready and prepared to get the best positions. From the moment they come in, we promote the value of placement to them

Ian Carr, rincipal lecturer for employment in the faculty of business and law at the University of Sunderland

“But graduate positions are now increasing and that is good. We want to ensure they are in the best position to take advantage of that.”

The Futures Starts Here campaign is a link-up between the Sunderland Echo and University of Sunderland. Our hope is to get more businesses and community groups involved in the university’s Sunderland Futures programme, which aims to find paid placements, internships and mentoring for students. In return, companies could be helping to develop the skills of a future employee.

Ian added: “Sunderland Futures is a big part of making sure graduates are ready and prepared to get the best positions. From the moment they come in, we promote the value of placement to them.

“Our students are in competition with other students from other universities and competition is fierce.”

But we are hoping it is Sunderland’s pool of talent which gets a chance to shine.

Let’s make Wearside tops for student-business link-ups. For details, email ces.enquiries@sunderland.ac.uk