Graduates CAN help local businesses

The potential for collaboration between Universities and SMEs has never been greater.

Posted by Stefan Melgaard

Graduate Recruitment at University of Liverpool

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Tue 17th, Mar

There are still a lot of misconceptions regarding the North West region, graduates and how Universities can support local businesses.  Let’s try and separate the facts from the fiction…

“The economy is rubbish and there aren’t any jobs out there”

The North West is the fastest growing region outside of London at the end of last year, and over half of North West companies are looking to grow their workforce over the next 12 months - specifically with graduates and young people.

 “Only big companies recruit graduates”

Quite the opposite! Over two thirds of UK graduate jobs are with SMEs which demonstrates how important small businesses are to the UK economy.

 “Graduates don’t want to stay here and work for a small company like mine”

Outside of London, the North West retains more graduates than any other region in the UK and 87% of graduates are more than willing to start their career within a SME.

There’s always a “but” though isn’t there?”

Okay, you’ve got me. There’s still the issue of 60% of SMEs finding it a challenge to recruit new employees straight from University.

“So what’s being done about it?”

The University of Liverpool’s Graduate to Merseyside service provides direct support, guidance and a platform for SMEs to promote their opportunities and recruit graduates from the local Universities and those returning home after studying elsewhere. In fact, they’ve placed over 600 graduates across Merseyside!

 “That’s great, but once they’re trained up they’ll just leave”

Not in our experience! Your investment in a graduate can have real long term benefits to your company. In no time at all, your ‘Graduate Trainee’ is your new ‘Marketing Manager’ or ‘Procurement Consultant’ and an integral part of your business.

“Great so what’s the future like?”

With around 400,000 SMEs across the North West, a growing economy and record numbers of students going to University and staying in the region, the potential for collaboration between Universities and SMEs has never been greater.

Take a look at the some of the successful SMEs that have recruited graduates through Graduate to Merseyside.

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