What is Graduate Challenge? Places Gloucestershire-based graduates into Gloucestershire-based businesses to deliver 4 month placement projects. Funded by HEFCE Economic Challenge Innovation Fund (ECIF) Supports graduates to gain experience and skills in the current economic downturn. Delivered by UoG, in partnership with Gloucestershire First 7 cohorts from July 2009 to November 2010 Graduates gain credit at Master’s level
Target numbers 120 graduates successfully completing projects 80 graduates achieving Masters level Certificate in Professional Development 80 graduates progressing into further learning or employment opportunities
Progress so far 3 cohorts have been recruited Cohort 3 will commence placements on 25 November 53 graduates working in 49 businesses across the county Still not halfway through the project, but –48% of target number of placements achieved –60% of target number of companies with placements Most-visited-ever advert on GlosJobs
Examples of projects FinanceFinancial analysis Costing and budgeting Finance management Human resourcesHR process development Staff development and training Recruitment and selection Information technology Design Database development Web development Programme development LawPractice Law in business Marketing & StrategyStrategic marketing review Product management Marketing communications New media Event marketing ScienceEnvironmental review Sport and health development EngineeringConstruction management See the Graduate Challenge website at www.graduatechallenge.co.uk
Evolutions brand new business offering specialist, bespoke interview training to graduates and young adults seeking to enter the job market as well as another course for sixth formers seeking university placements or jobs. "I have benefited greatly from seeing a company being built from the ground up. I have improved my communication skills, time keeping and built on my range of technical skills. I also believe that I have increased my adaptability, by trying my hand at any task requested. I feel that I have benefited greatly from working at Evolutions.“ James Penman, Graduate Challenge graduate
Vintcent & Company project: scope and refine all our company research and tax refund claims processes with the planning and development of a new integrated database and management reporting system. "A fantastic opportunity to gain much needed work experience, which in conjunction with a degree, makes you ultimately more employable and more attractive to potential employers.“ Louise Bennett, Graduate Challenge graduate
The learning element All graduates take part in the compulsory learning element which give them 15 credits at masters level. This module is focused on learning from experience on the job and aims to support their future career development and career choices. There is an additional optional learning element for which the graduates pay a nominal fee. The Post Graduate Certificate in Personal and Professional Development is achieved through completion of both modules.
Benefits For the graduate experience of working in an organisation delivering a live project Enhanced CV £100 per week training allowance For the company partner capable, subject-specific resource to deliver a company project zero salary cost no HR issues whatsoever as all payments and personal support for the graduates are provided by UoG. For the University new relationships developed with business enhanced relationship with Gloucestershire First potential follow-on opportunities such as KTPs opportunities for staff to act as mentors valuable insights into employer engagement