Graduate intern scheme

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WIGAN businesses are being encouraged to invest in young people with a new internship scheme.

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has launched its Grad Match project to place 100 graduates who are out of work with small and medium-sized businesses across the North West.

Companies will be able to hire young workers at a fraction of the usual cost, with the university pledging £100,000 towards the scheme and paying each firm £1,000 when they take a graduate on.

Interns will earn a minimum of £250 per week for full-time employees, or pro-rata for part-time workers.

Deputy director of MMU student services Rita Lewin said: “We are really excited about our new project, GradMatchMMU, and the positive impact it will have on supporting our recent graduates and businesses within the North West.

“MMU takes the employability of our graduates very seriously and giving them support in getting high quality experience of the graduate labour market via a paid internship is one way of doing this.”

The scheme is open to all graduates, including EU, international and MA students.

Any businesses interested in taking part should register with Companies House and contact Freya Marshall on 0161 2476512.