Event shows how graduates boost business

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SUNDERLAND companies are invited to find out more about highly skilled graduates who can help their businesses grow into the future at a network event this month.

Organised by the Sunderland Business Network, and sponsored by the University of Sunderland, the event takes place on Tuesday, April 29, at National Glass Centre on Liberty Way, Sunderland.

Last year the University of Sunderland placed more than 250 graduates with local businesses in need of skilled workers, under their Graduate Internship Scheme.

More than 90 per cent of those graduates have now been offered full-time employment to a contract extension. This year, funding has been increased to give more businesses the opportunity to tap into and benefit from graduate skills that exist within regional universities.

Attendees will also hear from local businesses – including Sunderland Business Network members about how the scheme worked for them and how their businesses have benefited from engaging with talented graduates.

Eve Richardson, business development manager at the University of Sunderland who is on the board of the SBN, said: “The university endeavours to help North-East economic growth by supporting our SMEs to recruit graduates skills through the Graduate Internship Scheme.”