Date: 01/12/2016 | By: Liz Painter

More good news for businesses looking to take on graduate staff…

Worcester City Council is funding a new scheme to support small and medium sized businesses in Worcester to recruit graduates.

The University of Wolverhampton will deliver the programme and will assist businesses with the recruitment process, from writing the job description through to short-listing and interviewing techniques.  Businesses will also be able to advertise their graduate vacancies on appropriate national graduate websites.

Graduates will start with a 12-week trial period, during which they’ll receive work readiness training.  Businesses won’t need to pay a salary to the graduate during the trial period, but will pay a fee to the University of Wolverhampton to cover the cost of training.  There will be a 10% discount on the training fee.

After the initial 12 weeks, employers will be eligible for a grant of up to £1,000 towards the costs of job specific training for their new employee.

Businesses can also benefit from the support of a Business Development Manager with mentoring sessions for the graduate employee and advice and guidance to companies on training and development requirements.

If the programme might be of interest to you and your business, you can get more information from the University of Wolverhampton on 01902 321688 or email