After digging around for details on the government’s ‘Graduate Talent Pool’ initiative which will be going live to graduates in September, we spoke to the programme manager this morning. He said that the government promotion of this scheme will be particularly geared towards educating companies to the benefits of internships and that they will be working with existing private sector initiatives like ours.
In light of the current economic situation and the graduation of this year’s students into one of history’s toughest job markets, it is encouraging to see the Government helping graduates to gain skills and open doors to companies with their Graduate Talent Pool initiative.
While many large companies already offer structured internship schemes, work placement programs need to be promoted within small and medium-sized businesses. It is these SMEs that represent the backbone of the British economy. They are in the greatest need of talented and skilled students but lack the resources to proactively recruit them.
We need to ensure that we continue to invest in these students’ futures by training up the next generation of professionals!
The Graduate Talent Pool goes live later in the year, but don’t forget that for students graduating this summer and for those of you currently looking for work, there are already a number of resources available online and offline to help you pursue your chosen career.
- Robin Kennedy, WEXO CEO