Programme launched to help jobless graduates

Denham launches internship programme
Denham launches internship programme

By staff

A new initiative aimed at helping graduates struggling to get jobs in recessionary Britain was launched today by skills secretary John Denham.

The Graduate Talent Pool will help match people to internships which the government hopes will both improve their employability and inject fresh talent into the jobs market.

It is hoped this new initiative will create up to 3,000 additional intern places with companies such as Network Rail, the Police Service, Marks and Spencer and Microsoft all of whom have already signed up to the scheme.

Mr Denham said that while a degree is helpful in finding a good career in these difficult times it was important to offer as many opportunities as possible.

"The talent pool will help match motivated graduates with employers giving them vital experience and improving their employability to succeed in the job market," he said.

"I urge those employers who want to benefit from the skills graduates can bring to register their interest and sign-up to the Talent Pool online.

"The Talent Pool will sit alongside the thousands of other opportunities available to new graduates that will help them improve their chances to get a long term and well paid career."

A website will be launched over the summer with the direct aim of matching prospective interns with employers but companies interested in registering with the Talent Pool can do so right now here.