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Chester graduates offered a head start

Faced with an increasingly demanding job market, the University of Chester has found a way to give its graduates an edge. The Graduate Head Start (GHS) programme, set up by the university's Careers and Employability Department, guides and supports recent graduates who have not yet found employment or embarked upon their career path. The free three-day course gives graduates grounding in the skills needed to boost their employability.

Two recent success stories have been graduates Saul Malpass, 23, from Kidderminster and Denver Burke, 22, from Northern Ireland. After securing placements at Prodo Digital Marketing in Chester, they now work full-time.

Saul, a Search Engine Optimisation Technician said: “Graduate Head Start helped me greatly with gaining work experience and eventually with getting a job. It helped me acquire skills that could have been used in several different jobs.”

Denver, a Digital Marketing Executive, added: “Without the Graduate Head Start programme, I’m unsure if I would have had the opportunity to be given a role I preferred, because my actual experience within the industry was minimal. The learning sessions helped improve and make me aware of many areas such as becoming a team player, a better learner and how to develop a more appealing CV.”

Pippa Adams, Managing Director at Prodo, said: “The programme gives both employer and prospective employee the opportunity to sound each other out and is a really valuable resource. We’re keen to develop our links with the university further and would recommend the programme to other businesses looking to build their workforce.”

•    GHS has been delivered to in excess of 400 participants since October
•    78% of past participants are now working in full-time employment
      having participated in the programme
•    87% of employers were 'very satisfied' and 13% were 'satisfied' with
      the placement service provided by GHS

Find out more about the Graduate Head Start programme

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Created on: 27 April 2012

Last updated: 27 April 2012

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