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Local businesses are supporting graduate retention in Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Trent University is once again collaborating with Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Boots UK and other leading employers in the region, on a unique work experience for students - the #Grads4Nottm scheme.

Nottingham Trent University is once again collaborating with Nottingham City Council,  Nottinghamshire County Council, Boots UK and other leading employers in the region, on a unique work experience scheme for students - the #Grads4Nottm scheme.

Now in its second year, the initiative aims to retain graduate-level talent in the region to help support the local economy. It showcases the excellent employment opportunities the county has to offer students when they graduate and raises awareness of the many businesses located in the region, including the SMEs, which are major recruiters of graduates locally.

The scheme, which runs from 14-18 December, offers a week's work experience with a twist. Employers have submitted real-life challenges which have been advertised anonymously so the students apply for the task they are interested in rather than to a brand or company they recognise.

Hanna Luetkemeier, Business Development Team Leader at Nottingham Trent University, said: "The scheme provides local employers with the chance of working collaboratively with Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council to raise awareness of the many great employment opportunities they offer in the region and to show students what a brilliant place Nottinghamshire is to live when they leave university.

"Each year, we have 8,000 students graduate and we would like them to find local jobs with great prospects. Additionally, the more we can do to encourage students to stay in the region, the greater the local economic impact will be. Last year, the scheme was extremely successful and this year's initiative looks to be even bigger and better. As well as giving local businesses the chance of showcasing the many excellent opportunities they have available, the scheme also provides students with a unique work experience opportunity."

This year, 25 employers in a variety of sectors have signed up to take part, with 34 different challenges on offer for students and recent graduates. Students can apply for various challenges, including planning social media campaigns, devising sales and marketing plans and IT project planning tasks. 

The first day of the week-long challenge is hosted by Boots UK and BCM at the Boots site in Beeston. It includes skills sessions in the morning and allows the students to meet their allocated employer in the afternoon. Students then spend three days in the businesses across Nottingham and everyone comes together at the University on the last day to celebrate.

Neil Armstrong, Early Careers Talent Manager at Boots UK, said: "Nottingham is very lucky in that we have two fantastic universities, and the calibre of their candidates is exceptionally high. Retaining more graduate talent in Nottingham, however, continues to be a challenge; so at Boots UK, supporting schemes such as #Grads4Nottm is incredibly important. 

"We hope that this year it will continue to add value to businesses and local SME businesses, showcasing to graduates other excellent career opportunities available in the area."

Cllr Nick McDonald, Nottingham City Council, said: "#Grads4Nottm is a perfect opportunity for both employers and students to match local talent with professional careers that are available in Nottingham.

"Thousands of graduates per year are discovering Nottingham is a city of culture, innovation and affordable living. It is a vibrant city offering ambitious careers, active lifestyles and opportunities to live life to the full."

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    About Boots UK

    Boots UK (, the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.  With 2,510* stores in the UK, Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care, be the first choice for pharmacy and healthcare and offer innovative 'only at Boots' exclusive products such as the UK’s leading skincare brand No7, all delivered with the great value customers love. Created over 165 years ago, the Boots brand is still at the heart of the communities it serves.

    *As at 31 August 2015 excluding equity method investments

    About Nottinghamshire County Council and economic development

    Nottinghamshire County Council is supporting local businesses and young people through its innovative Youth Employment Scheme. The Say YES scheme offers grants of up to £1,500 to small and medium sized companies taking on an apprentice for the first time. The scheme, which is delivered on the Council's behalf by Futures, aims to create 166 new apprenticeships by March 2016.To date 100 businesses have joined the scheme. The County Council is also implementing an ambitious partnership with BT to provide high speed fibre broadband to 98% of homes and businesses by April 2018. A successful application for EU funding to support rural businesses has led to the creation of two new projects – LEADER South and LEADER North – offering £3.0m in grants over the next four years. For more information about support for county based businesses, please contact Nottinghamshire County Council’s economic development team on 0115 9772048 or via email.

Local businesses are supporting graduate retention in Nottinghamshire

Published on 10 December 2015
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