Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce aims to help place at least 35 graduates with SMEs in next three months

Edinburgh Chamber joins Scottish Government’s Graduate Recruitment Incentive Programme to encourage  & support SME’s to take on graduates

The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce has announced that it has now joined up with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Scottish Government to provide opportunities for SMEs in the Edinburgh area to take on graduate employees.

It has set a target to help place at least 35 graduates in employment positions by the end of March as part of the Graduate Recruitment Incentive Programme, which originally launched in August. The Chamber joined the programme in December.

The Chamber will act as a match-maker between both parties – SMEs and graduates – highlighting the key benefits to both of taking part in this scheme which provides up to £1,500 support towards a new graduate position.

Jimmy O’Connell, Head of Training and Development at Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce explains: “Investing in talent is key to the ongoing success of Edinburgh’s economy. Part of our role is to emphasise to businesses the potential growth opportunities by taking on a graduate. We will work with each business supporting them in the recruitment stages, monitoring successes and delivering funds. We feel this is a wonderful opportunity to enhance growth.”

The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce will actively promote this programme within careers fairs and deliver the key messages.

The programme provides businesses with pre and post recruitment support as well as a financial incentive of £1,500 provided in three instalments.

The graduate position must be a newly created one and not an existing vacancy. The new role must be a permanent one with a minimum salary of £14k + (pro rata for part-time). Graduates must be under 30yrs of age and have graduated within the last four years.

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